Enhance plastic surgery treatment

Participants of the Burn Update 2017 forum. — Ansovina Chai / The Star

MIRI: Plastic surgery is an important means to treat extreme cases of burn victims in Sarawak.

State Assistant Public Health Minister Datuk Dr Jerip Susil said hospitals in the state should give more attention to plastic surgery when treating burn victims.

“Sarawak is still new in plastic surgery,” he said after launching the 3rd Sarawak Burn Update 2017 here.

“The plastic surgery department of Sarawak General Hospital has taken the initiative to instil awareness among public by organising burn awareness programmes at shopping complexes, apart from delivering talks in television, radio and to the NGOs.

“The limitless sharing of knowledge, which is enabled through this seminar, is indeed very meaningful and will play a huge role in helping us to enhance the quality of treatment to our patients,” Dr Jerip said.

He advised Health Ministry staff to undergo-training to further strengthen the knowledge and subsequently, broaden the sharing of knowledge for the benefit of all parties.

He also hoped that there would be more doctors who are interested to venture into the field of plastic surgery, especially local doctors.

Injuries caused by fire such as at Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor and St Theresa School, in Kuching should be taken seriously.

All organisations should to be ready to face and handle such situations, particularly by having appropriate equipment, facilities and training.

Yesterday’s awareness programme highlighted current issues in burncare and disaster management throughout the continuum: pre-hospital, emergency, critical care, acute care and rehabilitation.

Experts in burn trauma care presented topics pertinent to nurses, physicians, paramedics, and healthcare providers.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department head Dr John Ranjit Nesaraj said that the workshop provided an opportunity for participants to get hands-on experience in conventional and latest technologies in burncare.

“This not only provide a well balanced and clear cut basis to manage our burn patients, but will also give us an opportunity to look into the future of burn management for Sarawak,” he said.

It also covered a broad range of topics which are presented by renowned plastic surgeons from various states in Malaysia as well as international speakers from Korea and Brunei.

Burn Update 2017 benefits those involved in treating pediatric burns and day-to-day management of children with burns.

An exhibition to impart information on causes of burns and preventive measures was concurrently held.

Attendees were mainly staff of government and private hospitals as well as nursing colleges throughout Sarawak.

The forum was also attended by participants from peninsular Malaysia and Brunei.

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