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Kids injured getting free sanitary pads in Sierra Leone stadium

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A lot of schoolchildren had been injured Thursday when a railing broke free at a stadium in a southern Sierra Leone city the place the president and his spouse had been distributing free sanitary towels, authorities stated.

In movies shared on social networks, a crowd rushes out of the stadium within the city of Bo, the second largest on this small, poor West African nation. Some are supporting the injured.

The accident, involving schoolchildren, occurred when a small metallic railing broke away from a part of the stadium, the federal government press secretary’s workplace stated.

The variety of injured was not instantly identified.

“My coronary heart goes out to all of the affected kids and the households of the kids who had been injured within the unlucky incident at Bo Stadium immediately,” President Julius Maada Bio, in energy since 2018, tweeted.

“Our medical group is working diligently to manage medical care to the injured,” he added.

The federal government’s press secretary stated the injured had been instantly taken to a hospital within the metropolis “totally free medical therapy”.

A nurse on the hospital stated at the least a dozen younger individuals had been injured, most of them schoolchildren in uniform.

A spokesman for the Minister of Info and Communication stated no deaths had been reported.

President Bio has proven specific consideration throughout his time period to the place of girls in society. He gave the inexperienced gentle to the decriminalisation of abortion and enacted a legislation final month to require private and non-private corporations to order at the least 30% of their jobs for girls.

One other invoice, handed final summer time, permits girls to inherit and personal land in rural areas the place customary legislation beforehand blocked them.

Presidential, legislative and native elections are scheduled for June within the nation.