Manpower shortage hampers service at DMCH burn unitSajia Afrin
Shortage of doctors and staff is hampering treatment at the burn and plastic surgery unit at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, officials said.
The unit officials said that they were struggling to provide treatment to huge burn patients with limited number of staff including fourth class employees who dressed the wounds of patients.
‘At present only four people are working at the unit who dress the wounds of burn patients while on an average we have about 350 patients admitted at the unit,’ said burn unit resident surgeon Partha Shankar Pal.
The officials said that the main care giver at the unit were nurses and ward boys who dressed the wounds and bandaged them.
Sometimes the patients have to wait to get their wounds dressed and bandaged because of shortage of nurses and ward boys as the number was limited, said Partha.
The patients at the unit alleged that they had to pay the staff Tk 100-300 for getting their wounds dressed and bandaged.
Admitting the allegation, plastic surgery professor M Sajjad Hossain Khondoker said, ‘As salary of many staff has been held up for years, they try to collect money from the patients.’
Acute shortage of manpower is still there at the unit and even 10 years after its establishment the specialised burn unit project is yet to be included in the revenue budget, Sajjad said, adding that it caused the suspension of salaries.
A proposal was sent to the health ministry to include the unit in the revenue sector in 2011, but the proposal was still pending with the prime minister’s office, said sources in the ministry.
Sajjad said that the 50-bed unit had been extended to a 100-bed unit with the same staff.
He also said that the extended 10-bed intensive care unit, opened on July 27, was running with only one ward boy and an ayah.
No doctor, nurse or even technician was appointed for the ICU, said Sajjad.
‘A 10-bed ICU needs continuous support of five to six nurses, whereas we can provide two to three nurses there,’ he said adding that they had deployed more nurses at the ICU to manage the rush of vehicle arson victims.
The ICU is running under the supervision of the anaesthesia department and general unit nurses are working there, the officials said.
The officials said that at present 23 medical officers and 70 nurses were posted at the burn unit.
‘We have to depend on the post graduate students enrolled on MS and FCPS courses here,’ Sajjad said.
The unit has cleft care, micro surgery and high dependency units which need separate manpower, he said.
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