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December 20, 2011

Burns Ward needs funds to make paediatric ICU functional

National

December 20, 2011

A six-bed pediatric intensive care unit at the Civil Hospital is yet to begin functioning owing to absence of medical and paramedical staff as well as technicians, The News has learnt.
The pediatric ICU, which was established with some generous donations from philanthropists and a group that calls itself the Friends of Burns Centre, is in dire need of more funds to hire staff.
“We are in need of a qualified pediatrician, five RMOs, 24 staff nurses, 14 technicians, four ward girls and four nannies to make the ICU functional,” Dabirur Rahman, executive-director of the CHK Burns Centre, said.
The Burns Center at the CHK was established under public-private partnership, and almost all of its expenses are borne by the Friends of Burns Centre. Rahman said they used to refer children with burn wounds to the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) and some private hospitals as there was no pediatric ICU at the CHK Burns Centre that compelled the administration to establish the intensive care unit.
The executive-director said though the Burns Centre was part of the CHK, yet it did not get any funds from the health department. He urged the people to come forward and support the centre, the only centre in the city that provided complete treatment to burn injuries. Rahman said that they had 144 employees who were being paid from the resources generated by the administration, but more staff was required to expand the centre.
Medical Superintendent of the CHK, Prof. Saeed Qureshi, said he was unaware of the staff shortage at the Burns Centre, and after having a word with the administration, he would do his best to make the ICU functional.

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