A senior health department official said that a 30 bedded new burn ward will come up at the hospital to manage the huge pressure of burn patients in the hospital. It will have state of the art facilities thus providing the best health services to the patients. The existing burn unit of the hospital fails to meet the huge pressure of the patients despite of having advanced infrastructure.
A senior official at the hospital said that a large number of patients with burn injuries are brought to the hospital for treatment but it is never easy to manage the huge patients’ rush. Most hospitals in the city do not have the best infrastructure to treat patients with burn injuries. As a result it was necessary to develop a well equipped infrastructure in the city hospitals. It is not always possible for the SSKM hospitals and MR Bangur Hospital to handle the pressure of patients.
Keeping this in mind, the present government had taken various initiatives to set up separate burn units in other state-run hospitals and medical colleges. A 40 bedded burn ward with advanced infrastructure was opened at the hospital by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in February 2014. The purpose was to develop a separate burn unit along with the SSKM hospital. The hospital had tied up with SSKM hospital to provide better health services to the patients. Doctors from the SSKM Hospital regularly visit the MR Bangur Hospital besides its own doctors.
There is also air-conditioning facilities available at the burn ward of the hospital. Burn-patients from the districts are often taken to medical colleges for better treatment, but such cases require treatment on emergency basis. The setting up of burn unit in MR Bangur helped immensely in saving more lives. But another burn unit is now the need of the hour which will help strengthen the infrastructure further. The doctors of burn unit at SSKM also treat patients here as a joint effort.
The government is now planning to set up burn units at different districts and sub-divisional hospitals to cater to the patients from the rural areas. Several steps have already been taken to introduce separate burn units, some of which have already been set up. The existing cabins at the burn unit are equipped with refrigerators, water heaters and televisions.