Sheikh Hasina burn institute opens today


Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery, a 500-bed highly-specialized hospital with ultra-modern facilities for the treatment of critically burnt patients, will start official journey today. Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Malik will inaugurate the institute at Chankharpool area adjacent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Engineering Core of the Bangladesh Army constructed the institute at a cost of Tk 912 crore.

Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the 18-storied institute on October 24 last year. Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) in November 2015 approved the proposal of this institute. On April 6, 2016, prime minister laid the foundation stone of this institute. Experts said, this institution has been set up for the treatment of emergency burn patients. This has created new hope to improve health services of the country, especially for critically burnt patients. It will be helpful to increase professional skills of doctors and nurses as well as ensure better services for the patients.

There are three blocks in this institute - burn unit, plastic surgery unit and academic wing. Project director of the institute Dr. Abul Kalam said, “In Bangladesh, the treatment of burnt patients first started at the Burn Unit in the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital with five beds only. Gradually, it was converted into 100-bed unit.

The present government has set up the new institute on the premises adjacent to the previous unit with 500 beds. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman first dreamt of establishing burn treatment institute. With the help of his daughter, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made his dreams come true.
In the new burn institute, there is a strong Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with 22 beds for the treatment of serious blazed patients at a time. Besides, there is a 22-bed high defensive unit (HDU), 12 operation theaters and a sophisticated post-operative ward to ensure better treatment for the patients. There is also a helipad on the rooftop of the institute to bring emergency patients. In its parking space, 180 vehicles can park at a time.