The long-awaited first-ever burns and trauma centre in KP has been inaugurated by the Chief Minister Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa on 5th March 2019. The minister of Health Dr Hisham Inam Ullah Khan was also present on this occasion. The burn and trauma centre is situated near Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar which consists of 120 beds.
The health minister KP Hisham Inamullah Khan, during the inauguration ceremony, said that establishment of burns and trauma centre is one of the landmark achievement of the PTI govt. He said that in future this centre will also facilitate the patients with telemedicine facility.
The centre has allocated separate beds for Children and women. This centre will provide state of the art facilities to the people affected by burn injuries and traumas. As there was no such specialized facility available in KP, the people affected by burn were usually be sent to Karian and other different cities of Punjab for treatment.
Dr Tahir Khan project director of Burns and Trauma centre
The project of Burn and Trauma centre was started in the year 2011 under the supervision of a renowned professor of plastic surgery Dr Tahir Khan. The federal govt and Worker Welfare Board (WWB) were supposed to provide funds for its construction but in the year 2013, the work on this project stopped due to lack of funds.
The federal govt and WWB lost interest in this project due to unknown reasons. Due to the lukewarm response of the federal and provincial governments, at that time, several doctors associated with this project were so much disappointed and they decided to quit struggle for it.
Dr Tahir Khan, the project director and a mastermind behind this project didn’t lose the hope and never gave up. He continued his struggle to secure funds for it from different donor agencies. After the hard work of several years, he finally succeeds and convinced USAID to fund this project. In 2017 the USAID provided $ 15 million for the procurement of equipment and the remaining civil work.
During this period Dr Tahir Khan also held several rounds of meetings with the high-ups of KP provincial government and health department and persuaded them to support this project due to a large number of affected people here.
As the number of burn-related injuries is more in KP than the rest of the country due to the bad law and order situation and the ongoing war against terror. It is estimated that more than 8000 patients with burn injuries are brought to Peshawar annually from different areas of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa.
The people of neighbouring Afghanistan with burn injuries have also come to the hospitals of KP due to no such facilities there. Majority of such patients have to be referred to other provinces of Pakistan due to limited facilities here in KP, therefore a Burn and Trauma centre in KP was need of the hour.
Dr Tahir Khan struggle for years and hard work of days and nights finally brought fruitful results and the KP provincial government also agreed to fund this project and provided 300 million for the remaining leftover civil works. The former Chief Secretary Mr Azam Khan and Secretary Health Mr Abid Majeed took a personal interest in it and helped Dr Tahir Khan to get this project to accomplish.
It is pertinent to mentioned here that Peshawar High Court (PHC) also played a crucial role in its completion. The court took a suo motu notice in this regard and appointed the then secretary health Abid Majeed as a focal person of this project. The court directed the previous PTI led the provincial government to release fund for it and expedite its completion.
Plastic Surgeon Dr Muhammad Bilal views about the centre
Plastic Surgeon Dr Muhammad Bilal, an Assistant professor in Burn and Trauma centre Peshawar said that accomplishment of this project is not less than a dream come true for many people who are associated with it and who faced hardships while working for this project.
Dr Muhammad Bilal further said that the burn and trauma patients had to wait for years to get treatment in the Hayatabad Medical Complex and Lady Ready Hospital Peshawar due to lack of facilities there.
He said the treatment in the field plastic surgery is very expensive and is a costly option for many people. The low and middle-income people of this region cannot afford it easily. He said with the establishment of this centre the people of KP and Afghanistan in particular and other parts of the country, in general, will get easy, quick and affordable treatment facilities.
The burns and trauma centre is providing services in different specialized areas. It has served more than 3000 patients in OPDs, more than 600 burns operations and 650 plastic surgeries have been performed so far. The centre has the capacity to serve more than 1000 patients annually.
It is to be noted here that in this 120 beds centre, 50 beds would be reserved for burns patients and the remaining 70 beds will be reserved for patients who need plastic and reconstructive surgery.
The management of the centre is also planning to link it with the world-renowned plastic surgery, burns and trauma centres through video conferencing facility. In future, this will be a centre of excellence in the fields of teaching, research and knowledge transfer. With the provision of such facilities, the health professionals will get hands-on experience, will be able to utilize the latest techniques applied and will pursue their post-graduate studies.
CM granted 290 million for Hayatabad burn and plastic surgery hospital
CM KP has ordered a grant of 290 million rupees for the Burns and plastic surgery hospital, Hayatabad, Peshawar. He has directed the administration of the hospital to provide 100% free of cost treatment to the burn affected people.
He also directed the officials of the health department to establish burns and trauma centres throughout the hospitals in KP and filled the vacant post of plastic surgeons on an immediate basis.
CM also asked the administration of Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) to establish a burns centre in the hospital and make it operational for the general public on an immediate basis. He showed his desire to visit the LRH soon regarding the inauguration of a burn centre there.
CM issued these orders while presiding a meeting in CM house, in the month of July 2019 regarding the provision of facilities in the burns and plastic surgery hospital, Hayatabad Peshawar.
The meeting was also attended by Minister of Health, Dr Hisham Inamullah Khan, Head of SSU Sahibzada Saeed, Secretary Health Dr Farooq Jameel, Prof Dr Tahir Khan, Dr Sehzad Akbar and other officials of the health department.
The meeting was informed about the facilities being provided to the burns affected people, provision of medicine and different types of surgeries performed in the hospital.
The CM was informed that 290 million rupees are required per annum to provide all these facilities free of cost to the burn affected people. The CM asked the concerned officials that no stone shall be left unturned while providing free of cost treatment to the people and all required resources shall be provided to the hospital for the smooth execution of the services.
The secretary health informed the meeting that 8-12 beds in the different hospitals of the province will be reserved for burns patients. On this occasion, the CM accepted the proposal to establish burns and trauma centres in all the district hospitals of the province and assured the health department of full support in this regard.