CHENNAI: With just days left for the festival of lights, Deepavali government hospitals are gearing up to treat the increased cases of burn injuries expected due to the enthusiastic yet unmindful bursting of crackers.
According to Dr N Gunasekaran, dean, Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital, a special ward with 50 beds has been arranged at the Burns Ward Unit. A team of 15 doctors and nurses will be on duty. The hospital also has in stock sufficient material and equipment including ointments, IV fluids, antibiotics and dressing materials.
The Government Stanley Hospital is also ready with a special ward with necessary medicines and equipment. Dr Ramesh, RMO of the hospital said the special ward with 20 beds would have a team of 40 doctors on duty to meet any emergency.
The Royapettah Government Hospital has separate burn wards for men and women. Plastic surgeons and general medicine practitioners would be available around the clock to treat minor or major injuries in case of emergency, said Dr Anand Pradap, RMO of the hospital. Dr R Vimala, dean of Rajiv Gandhi Government GH said though no special ward has been set up for burn cases, the hospital has enough beds to accommodate patients.