Banaras Hindu University is planning to establish a burn unit as well as skin culture centre to provide treatment to burn patients. This will be the first such centre to be developed in northern India between Delhi and Kolkata.
The burn unit will be an addition to the Trauma Centre which is being constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) and will take another six months to be completed.
We had moved the proposal for the burn unit last month and the Ministry of Health,Government of India,has given an in-principle approval to it, said Prof R G Singh,Director,Institute of Medical Science,BHU. The unit will consist of 30 beds and is expected to cost Rs 10 crore.
Apart from the burn unit,which will also be used for research purposes,the varsity is planning to start a skin culture facility in the Bone Marrow Transplant and Tissue Culture Centre. which is also under construction in the university. It is expected to take another 14 months for completion.
As of now,skin is taken from other parts of the burn patient to cover the burn area. However,with the latest technology,it is now possible to take skin tissues from the patient and culture it separately so that a skin sheet is prepared,which can then be used to cover the burnt skin areas of the patient,explained Singh. The entire process of skin culture takes around six to eight weeks and with subsidised rates,it is expected to cost Rs 25,000 approximately.
The burn unit will be looked after by the department of plastic surgery and will provide comprehensive care including final scar treatments,said Singh,adding that other super-specialty departments will assist in treatment as and when necessary. Trained staff will be recruited by the varsity administration for running both the centres,he said.
The plan for developing the centre came up after victims of a cylinder blast from Rohtas district of Bihar were rushed to Sir Sunder Lal Hospital,Varanasi,last month. Of the 18 patients who were brought here,four succumbed to the injuries while the remaining 14 were treated and have been released. One of these patients was later shifted to another hospital, said Singh.
Comprehensive burn treatment and skin tissue culture is not available at any other health facility apart from BHU to cater to patients in the region.