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India lacks sufficient burn care units
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 22 - A total of 3,201 cases of burn injury were treated at NEMCARE Hospital during October 2010-December 2018. This included 2,309 OPD cases and 892 indoor cases.

This comes against the backdrop of the disturbing incidence of burn injuries and fatalities in the country, which according to a rough estimate, affects 7 million people in the country. Out of these, one million require hospitalisation and over 1,00,000 die every year.

“Seventy-five per cent of these burn injuries occur in homes and 80 per cent of the victims are women and children. To treat such a large number of patients, we have only 60 burn care units throughout the country which can treat only 10,000 patients per year and the rest 99,0000 patients do not get proper treatment,” Dr Bhupendra Prasad Sarma, secretary, Burn Care Foundation, a trust of NEMCARE Hospital engaged in development of burn care in the North East, said.

“But with modern treatment available now, even the seriously injured burn patients can be revived and made to live a normal life. What is required is the attention of all concerned and passionate care from the professionals in the hospital,” Dr Sarma added.

Senior journalist DN Chakravartty was the chief guest of the function, while actress Prostuti Parasar was the guest of honour. Dr Shobha Chamania, chief of Burn Unit of Choithram Hospital & Research Centre, Indore was the guest faculty.

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