Burn victims in Bangladesh

Burn issue is becoming a dangerous phenomenon in Bangladesh since last few years. Around 3,500 died and another 3,600 become disabled permanently in burn injuries every year in Bangladesh.

Prof Dr Samanta Lal Sen, Director of Burn and Plastic
Surgery Project of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) made
this observation while addressing the inaugural session of a
daylong training course on “Emergency Management of Severe Burns
(EMSB)”.

EMSB Bangladesh unit and Center for Injury Prevention and
Research Bangladesh (CIPRB) jointly organized the course at the
conference hall of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) here
today.

Main thrust of the course was to disseminate modern
expertise on managing the severe burned patients among the local
level surgeons so that they could be skilled to handle the
patients.

Prof Samanta Lal said around 2.33 lakh patients suffer from
various burn injuries in the county round the year and only
18,000 of them are recorded as hospitalized.

In this regard, he stated that the DMCH has been facing
acute problem to manage the burn injuries patients rushing from
across the country.

He said the present government has taken decision in
principle to open a separate burn and plastic surgery unit in the
tertiary level hospitals including RMCH outside the capital Dhaka
to reduce the pressure on DMCH.

“If we could launch separate burn and plastic surgery unit
in the periphery hospitals the existing rate of death and
disability could be reduced to a greater extent,” said Prof Sen
adding that the RMCH’s unit is going to be launched as soon as
possible.

Principal of Rajshahi Medical College Prof Dr ABM Abdul
Hannan and RMCH Director Brigadier General Abdul Latif addressed
the session as the chief and special guests respectively with
Associate Prof Dr Manzurul Haque of RMCH Surgery in the chair.

Acting Chairperson of EMSB Bangladesh unit Prof Dr Shahidul
Bari, Plastic Surgeon Craig Quarmby of Australia, Acting Vice-
principal of RMC Prof Dr Dayem Uddin, General Secretary of RMC
Teachers Association Dr Mohibul Hassan and Dr Animesh Biswas of
CIPRB also spoke on the occasion.

A total of 24 surgery physicians from various hospitals in
the region including the host RMCH took part in the training
course.

RAJSHAHI, Nov 29 (BSS)

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