CHENNAI: Ahead of Deepavali, the Health Minister Ma Subramanian inspected burn wards facilities at Government Kilpauk medical College and hospital. He stated that the newly-annexed building construction at a cost of Rs 309 crore will be completed by March 2024.
"The special burn unit, a 75 bedded facility, was started in 1973 at Kilpauk hospital. The service is provided round the clock to treat patients with burn injuries. People from across Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states also benefited from the hospital. Even emergency procedures are performed when necessary," said Subramanian.
Patients are initially admitted to the accident and surgery unit and transferred to the burn unit after initial emergency care. There is a laminhar flow ward and operation theater with ventilation. And, there are separate wards for adults and children.
"Fire burns are caused by various reasons, including electric shock, acid, suicide attempt due to stress, and crackers without caution. People are advised to avoid such careless attempts," added the minister. The minister took a pledge and visited the briefing on fire fighting and rescue operations.
In 2019, as many as 40 patients were treated as inpatients and 15 in the outpatient ward. In 2020, the numbers decreased. There were 9 outpatients and 6 inpatients under treatment. The burn cases again increased last year, where 22 patients were treated as inpatients, and 8 cases in the inpatients ward.