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Wednesday , December 5 , 2012
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GMCH burn care unit to open in January

Dec. 4: The long wait of having a specialised burn care unit at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) will be over with its inauguration next month.

It will be a double delight as the state’s first skin bank will also be opened along with the burn care unit at the GMCH by next year.

GMCH principal-cum-chief superintendent Kabul Chandra Saikia told The Telegraph that all arrangements, including appointment of nursing staff and paramedics, have been made to ensure the timely inauguration of the specialised burn care unit at the hospital in January.

The specialised unit will have 12 beds initially.

Though the GMCH at present has an eight-bed burn ward, it is grossly ill-equipped to handle severe burn cases.

The project to set up a specialised burn care unit at the GMCH was initiated when the Tarun Gogoi-government was elected for the second term in 2006.

Despite repeated assurances by health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the project could not see the light of the day during the last six years because of various reasons.

Finally, it was decided in January that the specialised burn care unit would be set up under the centrally-funded pilot project on prevention of burn injuries within this year.

“We are giving finishing touches to the burn care unit now. It will be a New Year’s gift to the patients from GMCH,” Saikia said.

The unit will comprise separate air-conditioned wards for burn patients, with separate operation theatres and intensive care units (ICUs). The entire area will be sterilised at all times to prevent germ growth that results in secondary infections in the patients. In most cases, secondary infections result in the death of the patient.

“The hospital has already procured the machines required for preservation of skin. In cases of massive burn injuries when procurement of the patient’s own skin is not possible, temporary covering with donated skin is essential,” Saikia said.

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