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Five burn centres in limbo despite passage of five years

Karachi: The construction work of five new burns centers project started in 2009 by Health Department in different cities of Sindh province could not be completed in 2014 despite the passage of five years due the lethargy of provincial government.
A reliable source of Health Department Sindh wished not to name said construction work of five burns centers project started in 2009 by Health Department in different cities of Sindh province could not be completed in 2014 despite the passage of five years due the lethargy of provincial government.
He said health department Sindh had initiated the construction work of five new burns centers in different cities of province in 2009 with cost of approximately 255 million and project was to be complete in 2011. But unfortunately the constriction works of these five burns centers could be completed in 2014 due non-serious attitude of authorities concerned.  
The plan of construction of five burns centers in different cities Sindh approved by the Former Provincial Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed in different cities like- Sindh Government Liaquatabad Hospital, Liaquat University & Hospital Jamshoro (Hyderabad), Chandka Hospital Larkana, Ghulam Muhammad Mehar Medical Collage Sukkur and Civil Hospital Mirpurkhas to treat the patients with burns injuries at regional level in province.
He informed over 1,000 burns cases are being reported every year in Sindh and the number of burns-related injuries is increasing sharply. He said construction of these burns center will maximize the ratio of precious lives lost in province which occurred due to cylinder blast, fire, acid, electricity and other reasons. He said most of patients lost live before reaching to Karachi from interior Sindh, thus the construction of these burns center is important.
He said Burns Center Karachi is operating under public private partnership of government which could not meet the actual requirement of patient with burns injures in mostly brought from far-flung areas of province. He said there are capacity 65 beds in hospital for burns patients, but needs new burns centers in province to tackle the burns injuries at regional level. 
Senior Plastic Surgeon and In-charge Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) Burns Center Dr Ehmer -Al-Ibran, when contacted,   said over 40 percent burden of burns injuries would be shared with the construction five new burns centers in Sindh province.
He said burns injures treatment facilities are available at Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) Jamshoro (Hyderabad) and Chankda Medical College Larkana, but mostly people with severe burns injures were brought  Burns Center Karachi for treatment due to its reputation and better health facilities.
Dr Ehmer said over 40 percent burden of burns injuries would be shared with the construction five burns centers and upgrading the services facilities in LUMHS and Larkana. He said construction of burns center and up-gradation not only shared the burden of burn injuries, but also helps to reduce the mortality ratio occur due to different burns injuries.
General Secretary Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Karachi Qazi M Wasiq, when contacted, said governments approved the summaries of different projects related with public welfare every year, but these projects remained in papers or in newspapers announcements. He said projects should not contain in documents it should be implemented in letter and spirit.
He said five new burns center largely benefits the general public as sole burns center Karachi could deal the cases of burns injuries. He urged the authorities concern to start construction work on burns centers in better interest general public.

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