Burn Care Foundation organises Awareness and Training Programmes in Assam, India (December 2015)

December 12, 2015
Richard Bendell

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Burn Care Foundation, a social unit of NEMCARE Hospital in Assam and an Interburns partner in the region, continue to work to educate medical personnel working in peripheral hospitals on basic management of burns in India and increase public awareness of first aid and prevention of burn accidents. The most recent activity was a training programme on Essential Burn Care at Bongaigaon Refinery campus on 12th December 2015, assisted by the Association of Surgeons of Assam. The full day program was inaugurated by Mr R K Sharma, General Manager( SHE) , Bongaigaon Refinery. He lauded the efforts of Burn Care Foundation and the Medical Department of Bongaigaon Refinery for conducting such a useful training program. Dr M C Sarma, Chief Medical Officer, Bongaigaon Refinery Hospital welcomed the delegates.

 

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Thereafter the training was conducted by Dr Bhupendra Prasad Sarma, Eminent Burn Surgeon and Convener, Burn Care Foundation, Dr Rabindra Nath Mazumder, President Association of Surgeons of Assam and Dr Dipak Kr. Sarma, Associate Prof. Of Surgery, Guwahati Medical College as the faculties. The emphasis of training was on assessment, planning and management of moderately injured burn patients in the peripheral hospitals and also how to refer the major burns to tertiary care centre after adequate first aid and resuscitation. The programme included lecture, demonstration, group discussions and skill stations. The new methods of management of burns by using now available wound covers and Early Excision and skin grafting in deep burns were also discussed with audio and video means. The Program was attended by 25 doctors, 16 Nurses and 8 paramedics, a total of 49 medical personnel.

 

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In the evening, a Public Awareness Program on First Aid and Prevention of Burns Accidents were organized in the same venue. Dr Bhupendra Prasad Sarma, Convener, Burn Care Foundation gave a talk on the subject with audio-visual means and also talked in details about how to remove misconceptions about effective first aid and treatment of burns. Dr R N Mazumder also spoke on the subject and requested the audience to spread the message of correct first aid and prevention of burns. More than 100 people gathered in the hall and they enthusiastically interacted on the subject with the speakers.

This is the 8th Training program on Essential Burn Care organized by Burn Care Foundation in the last three years in different regions of the North Eastern states.

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Interburns would like to offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr B.P. Sarma and his colleagues for all their ongoing work in organising these trainings and awareness programmes.