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Ludhiana cylinder blast: Civil hospital ill-equipped to handle burn cases

The burn unit has only 4 beds and two senior doctors to treat patients

punjab Updated: Apr 26, 2018 21:00 IST
Amit Joshi
Amit Joshi
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Ludhiana cylinder blast,Civil hospital,burn cases
Injured children getting medical treatment at Ludhiana civil hospital after an LPG cylinder blast in Giaspura on Thursday morning. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

The sudden rush of the injured at the local civil hospital after a cylinder blast in a house in the Focal Point area on Thursday exposed the hospital’s ill-equipped burn unit which has only four beds.

There are only two senior doctors posted at the civil hospital to treat the patients suffering from burn injuries. There are no super specialists at the civil hospital.

A 40-year-old woman died while 33 people, including nine women and five children, suffered burn injuries in the incident.

As the number of injured mounted, the hospital authorities converted the dengue and swine flu wards into a critical care unit to cater to the increased rush of burn patients.

The staff at the burn unit had tough time managing the patients. The civil hospital referred 14 seriously injured patients to the Christian Medical College and Hospital as it does not have the capability to treat those with critical burn injuries.

Though a team of senior doctors, including the senior medical officer (SMO), reached the hospital as early as 7.30 am to trat the injured, lack of infrastructure made it difficult for the staff to manage the large number of patients.

Rakesh, a relative of an injured said bed sheets were not available at the ward when the patients reached the hospital.

The hospital authorities maintained that a 20-bedded hall is meant to cater to such disasters. However, facilities such as sterilised room and isolated beds are not provided in the hall.

Dr Milan Verma, surgeon, civil hospital, said, “We have a 20-bedded hall which is used for such disasters. We have provided best possible treatment to the patients and referring the serious patients to CMC.”

First Published: Apr 26, 2018 20:59 IST