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Still ill-equipped, burn unit starts functioning at civil hospital

Finally, after around two years, the civil hospital's burn unit has started functioning, though still not fully equipped.

punjab Updated: Sep 15, 2013 18:10 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Finally, after around two years, the civil hospital's burn unit has started functioning, though still not fully equipped.

The patients with burn injuries were shifted to the wards in new burn unit on Friday, a day ahead of the visit of health director Dr Ashok Nayar, who visited the civil hospital on Saturday.

However, the burn unit is still sans air conditioners and trained surgeons. Earlier the burn patients were being treated in the general wards where they were at high risk to catch infections.

Dr Nayar directed the hospital authorities to install split air conditioners. He also underlined the need to have toilet attached with the wards and adjustable beds for the patients.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Dr Nayar said, "We will provide required training to our surgeons, so that they can handle burn patients in a better way. I know the burn unit requires a lot of improvements and hope it will start functioning in a proper way soon."

Meanwhile, the director also visited the labour room where two women with their newborn babies were sharing a bed. Dr Nayar said there was need to expand the labour room. He also advised the hospital authorities to build a new recovery room, which should be air conditioned near the entrance of labour room.

The director then visited the emergency ward but he did not interact with patients or their attendants. The hospital was looking much neat and clean as compared to the normal days but the patients and their attendants were unaware about the visit.

During his visit, Dr Nayar expressed happiness over the functioning of physiotherapy department at the civil hospital and said that it would be upgraded. He also underwent physiotherapy to get cure for his unknown problem.

Civil surgeon Dr Subhash Batta and assistant civil surgeon Dr KS Saini were present at hospital.

235 free medicines will be provided within a month

Against the tall claims of health department, many patients are unable to get benefit of free medicines at the civil hospital. The department had earlier announced to provide 235 types of medicines for free under National Rural Health Mission but many of them were still not available.

On being asked, Dr Nayar said, "We have placed order for the medicines. I assure that all 235 free medicines will be available within one month at the hospital."

First Published: Sep 15, 2013 18:09 IST