First Burn care Centre in Kerala inaugurated in Kozhikode

Thursday, Nov 24, 2016,11:19 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Kozhikode | An integrated Burn Care Centre for comprehensive management of major burns, claimed to be the first of its kind in Kerala, was today inaugurated at a hospital here by British Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai Bharat Joshi.

The centre, launched at the Baby Memorial Hospital, would have a six-bed ICU, an Operation Theatre designated for burn injury and two isolation rooms and will be managed by a dedicated team of plastic surgeons, critical-care specialists, emergency physicians and specially-trained staff.
Speaking on the occasion, Joshi said: “The majority of burn survivors are women. Their vulnerabilities are unique because of psycho-social stigma they face from family, friends and employers”.

“I am proud that my team has partnered with Chennai based NGO ‘PCVC’ to build understanding of burn-care and facilitate state and national-level knowledge sharing and policy discussion to improve the care available to victims of burn violence,” Joshi added.

BMH’s Chairman and Managing Director Dr K G Alexander, who dedicated the burn-care centre to the people of Malabar, said, “burns are one of the most devastating forms of trauma and require immediate, specialist care to minimise infection and mortality.

“I am delighted that we at BMH are able to launch the first integrated burns unit in Kerala,” he said.

Rudy Fernandez, Head of Public Affairs at the British Deputy High Commission, Chennai, said today’s launch reinforced the message of a new UK-backed initiative to develop holistic support for women survivors of burn violence in India.