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2933cr govt plan to battle burns

June 7, 2012

Death due to burns – both at home and at workplace — has become a serious public health menace.
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest figures that were released on Wednesday say nearly 1.95 lakh deaths every year are caused by burns. Women in the south-east Asian region have the highest rate of burns, accounting for 27% of global burn deaths and nearly 70% of fatalities in the region.
According to WHO, in India, over 10 lakh people are moderately or severely burnt every year.
Along with adult women, children are particularly vulnerable to burns. Burns are the 11th leading cause of death of children aged 1 to 9 and are also the fifth most common cause of non-fatal childhood injuries.
While a major risk is improper adult supervision, a considerable number of burns in children result from child maltreatment.
WHO says: “Non-fatal burn injuries are a leading cause of morbidity even though burns are preventable. Burns are a global public health problem accounting for an estimated 195,000 deaths annually. In many high-income countries, burn death rates have been decreasing, and the rate of child deaths from burns is currently over seven times higher in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries.”
Burn injuries have finally got the Union health ministry’s attention. It has prepared a Rs 2,933-crore national programme against burn injuries.
Around 150 government medical colleges and 492 district hospitals would be equipped and trained to effectively treat burns cases and put in place treatment wards by the end of 2017.
The ministry says India records 70 lakh burns cases annually, of which 1.4 lakh die every year. Around 70% of all burn injuries occur in the most productive age group (15-35 years). Around four out of five burns cases are that of women and children.

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