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Bid to create awareness on burn injury


Dignitaries on the dais with a couple of burn survivors.
 GUWAHATI, Feb 5 - Burn injuries can have severe long-term consequences for the survivors and the victims’ families, who may need not only medical and financial assistance but also deep psychological healing in the wake of the debilitating effects of the burn wounds.

 With awareness generated through proper education and training, people can be empowered to protect themselves from fire, electricity and other sources that can leave people crippled for life.

It is with this objective that the Department of Plastic Surgery, Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), in association with Snehasparsha – The Loving Touch, an NGO, organised a programme a couple of days back on prevention, rehabilitation and awareness generation in this regard, involving a number of survivors of life-threatening burn injuries.

Snehasparsha, working relentlessly for rehabilitation of burn survivors, is the first of its kind in the Northeast region, according to Prof Seema Rekha Devi, Head of the Department of Plastic Surgery, GMCH, who is also the founder secretary of the NGO.

“Prevention is the most vital factor in any effort aimed at bringing down morbidity and mortality rates, which can be achieved though proper awareness generation,” she stated.

In sync with the event, a cultural programme was also held, in which some burn injury survivors displayed their talents overcoming injury-induced physical challenges.

The programme was also attended by Dr Anjanjyoti Choudhury, Pranay Bordoloi, Shruti Goswami and Jina Rajkumari. In their speeches, they all expressed their willingness to be a part of this mission, stated a press release.

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