Burn Care Day in Assam, India by Burn Care Foundation (February 2015)

February 17, 2015
Richard Bendell

 

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On the 15th of February 2015 a Burn Care Day was organized by the Burn Care Foundation (a social unit of NEMCARE Hospital, Guwahati, Assam, India) to raise awareness of the issue of burns in India. Over 600 people attended the day including doctors, nurses and other health professionals, journalists and many members of the public.

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Sri Homen Borgohain, a very senior journalist and writer was the chief guest. Dr B P Sarma spoke with audio-visual aids about the problems faced by burn injured patients and the scarcity of treatment facilities in the region of Assam. Dr. P K Bilwani spoke on first aid and preventative aspects of burns. The chief guest promised to help Burn Care Foundation by spreading the message about burn care and burn prevention to the general public through the media of newspaper and television.

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The Programme for the day included:
8.00 AM- An Awareness Procession on First Aid and Prevention of Burns from Latasil field to Rabindra Bhavan. 250 people took part in the procession including 20 burn survivors.
9.30 AM- A photographic and model Exhibition, depicting the advances in burns management, first aid and burn prevention was inaugurated by the noted Assamese film actor Sri Nipon Goswami.
10.00 AM- Inaugural Session of Burn Care Day. ( Venue- Rabindra Bhavan)

 

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On the 14th of February a medical seminar was also organised with talks on the topic ‘Advances in the Management of Burns’ , with Dr P K Bilwani from Ahmedabad presenting on ‘Modern trends in the management of burns’, Dr Seema Rekha Devi from Guwahati speaking on ‘Problems of burns management in the present setup’ and Dr B P Sarma from Guwahati talking on ‘Experience with early excision and skin grafting’.

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Interburns would like to thank Dr B P Sarma of Burn Care Foundation/Nemcare Hospital and all his colleagues for all of their hard work in organising such an impressive programme to raise the profile of burns in India, where burns cause a huge burden of death and disability every year.