It is almost unbelievable that a city which boasts of world-class healthcare facilities does not have a functional burns ward. Sad, but true for Gurgaon. Private hospitals can treat patients with up to 30% burn injuries but those with severe burns are referred to Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi.
A 'showpiece' burns ward, set up in the state-run civil hospital in May this year, remains mostly locked and is not functional. Patients have often complained that hospital authorities ask them to approach Delhi hospitals without even examining their injury.
Allocated a budget of Rs 43 lakh, it was said that a special team of doctors would be appointed here but that it seems to be only on paper. Hospital officials claim the ward it is not fully operational though it was opened more than five months ago.
Last year on Diwali, the city witnessed around 30 fire incidents but in major cases, residents were forced to rush to Delhi for treatment.
Dr Naresh Trehan, chairman and managing director, Medanta-The Medicity, said, "We do not have a separate burns ward but we have a 24-hour emergency department to deal with any case."
Dr Vishal Sehgal, head, Emergency Services at Artemis Health Institute, said, "We have a policy to admit a patient with 30% burn injuries. But if a person has serious wounds, we refer them to specialised Delhi hospitals."
He said, "Though we have a team of experts, including a plastic surgeon and trained support staff, we admit a patient only with less than 30% burns."
Dr Praveen Garg, chief medical officer, is still proud of the burn ward in civil hospital. "I will talk to authorities of other hospitals as it is important to provide medical facilities to residents of Gurgaon."