Burns Centre Karachi overworks, as projects of 5 burns centre still in limbo

Karachi: In-charge Burns Centre, Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), Dr Ehmer-al-Ibran on Friday said 950 patients with burn injuries were brought to the Burns Centre for treatment in 2013, out of them 434 were male, 307 female and 200 children.

Talking to PPI Friday, Dr Ehmer informed that 525 patients, both male and female, were brought to Burns Centre with fire burn injures, 95 with electric burns, 43 with scald burns, 19 with chemical burns, 48 for reconstructive surgery and 11 with different injures last year.

He said 211 patients expired during the treatment in the Burns Centre last year, while 391 patients were discharged from hospital after successful treatment. He further informed that number of burn cases reported in 2008 was 250 to 300, but now up to 1000 cases are being received every year.

Dr Ehmer explained that around 60 to 75 patients suffering from different burn injuries are reported in Burn Centre on daily basis, most of them belonging to interior Sindh and other provinces. He said there are four common categories of burn injuries – fire burn, electric, chemical and hot water burns.

He said delay in construction of five burn centers in different cities of Sindh, which were approved by the former health minister four years ago, was also major factor behind rise in the number of burn patients visiting the hospital, incurring heavy expenses to travel to Karachi.

He informed that the former health minister had approved the construction scheme for establishing five more burn centers at Sindh Government Liaquatabad Hospital Karachi, Liaquat Medical University Hospital Jamshoro (Hyderabad), Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana, Ghulam Muhammad Mehar Medical Collage Sukkur and Civil Hospital Mirpurkhas.

He informed that Burns Centre Karachi is operating under public private partnership of government and Friends of Burns, an NGO. He said there is 70-bed capacity in Burns Centre and is fully equipped with latest technology.

He urged the media to give proper coverage to health experts in their talk shows. He said construction of burn centers in province is not solution to problems, but creating awareness among women and men at local level is important for decreasing the burn injuries number.

He stressed the need of organizing awareness seminars at schools, colleges and universities level in order to control the prevalence of disease and to reduce the mortality rate.