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No burn unit in Barisal division hospitals

Our Correspondent . Barisal

Lack of burn unit at public and private hospitals in the Barisal division has been causing immense sufferings to the burn patients of the region.
In the recent time, the number of burn victims increased many folds because of political violence, accidents caused by fire in dry season and fireworks in socio-cultural festivals, hospital sources have said.
A letter, signed by Mamatazuddin Bhuiyan, former director of hospital, clinic and improved hospital management line of the health directorate, in July 2010 asked the Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital authorities to open a special burn unit in the hospital as soon as possible, SBMCH sources said.
SM Nazrul, quoting Samanta Lal Sen, director of the burn unit opening project and a specialist of DMCH burn unit, said, ‘He assured us of opening a special burn unit in public hospitals at the divisional level within mid-2011.’
Then a circular was issued to open burn units at divisional level and 17 medical college hospitals and create 98 posts for those units but it was not implemented in Barisal, he told.
After that on February 23, 2012, the then health minister, AFM Ruhul Haque, inaugurating a fifty-seat dental surgery course and an eighteen-bed dental surgery unit at SBMCH, also gave assurance to open a burn unit soon.
But none of the decisions was implemented and there is no burn unit at any public or private hospital in the division.
‘So opening a burn-unit in the 45-year-old SBMCH still remains a burning issue,’ observed Shamsul Haque, Barisal divisional health director.
A recent advertisement of the health education bureau of health directorate under health and family welfare ministry, however, advised burn-injury patients in the region to rush to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital, although the hospital has no such unit.
Victims of burn injury, treated in other units and in most cases accommodated on floor for lack of bed, are deprived of proper treatment as burn injuries need special medicare, acknowledged Kamrul Hasan Selim, acting director of the hospital.
SM Nazrul Islam, associate professor and specialist of the SBMCH surgery unit, said annually more than 5,000 burn patients are admitted to the surgery and other units.
These patients are deprived of the special care they need and hamper the treatment of other patients of the ward.
S Mahmud, register of the surgery unit, said, ‘We often refer the critical victims to Dhaka and admit others to the surgery and other units of the hospital for only first aid and primary care.’
This type of ordinary medicare does not cure the victims fully and timely, he said.
Some of them die and many become permanently disabled and physically handicapped, Maniruzzaman Shahin, said assistant professor of SBMC surgery department.

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