1) ASF office establishedand hosted in Multan Burn Center premises
2) Burn Center built and operational in Multan
3) Land alloted by government for Social Rehabilitation Center for acid burn survivors, expected date of start for construction work
As many as 51 deserving patients were operated upon during three days of the International Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery Workshop at the Surgical Unit-1 of the Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) for various congenital anomalies, burns and other body disfigurements.
The 9th International Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery Workshop is being organised by the Head of Department of SU-1 at the BBH Professor Dr. Hamid Hassan in collaboration with Dr. Charles Viva from the UK from May 21 to 28.
It is important that acid burn victims have to suffer not only severe post burn deformities but also have to undergo intense emotional and psychological disorders mainly because of lack of proper treatment facilities available at the public sector hospitals of the country for burn victims.
The acid burn victims because of being untreated in most of the cases have to live too much an uncomfortable life due to social stigma attached with the phenomenon. Though the incidents of acid burns are low in comparison to other burn injuries yet the young women and adolescent girls are the most common victims of acid attacks. Most of the acid-throwing incidents are related to problems involving land, dowry demands and proposal for marriage.
In acid-burn incidents, face and chest are the most common body parts targeted by the offender and the victims are doomed because of the extensive scarring and deformity produced. Experts say that because of the extreme disfigurement caused to eyes, nose and lips, their sufferings are intense physically, emotionally and psychologically.
Professor Dr Hamid Hassan with the help of his medical team has been organising plastic and reconstructive surgery camps with the cooperation of Professor Dr. Charles Viva from England yearly for the last 10 years to provide these patients with the best treatment available.
On the second day of the workshop, on Tuesday, a total of 19 patients including six patients with congenital anomalies including cleft lip and cleft palate were operated while procedures involving ear reconstruction were done in two cases. A fresh case of acid victim, a young female patient from Multan with acid burns over chin, chest and upper back underwent wound cleansing that would be followed by skin grafting within next two days. The experts also operated a patient for a huge nerve sheath tumour called as plexiform neurofibroma over face while five other procedures were done for other body disfigurements.
On the third day of the eight-day workshop, on Wednesday, a total of 17 patients were operated of which nine were with congenital anomalies including cleft lip and cleft palate and two with acid burns over face and neck, said postgraduate trainee at SU1 Dr. Haider while talking to ‘The News’ on Wednesday. He added that two surgeries were performed to correct ear and nose deformities and six patients were operated for other body disfigurements.
We have been talking a lot about the need to go further and beyond the amendment of HURT in the Pakistani Penal Code (the second criminal law amendment 2011 (act 25) that was enacted on 26th December 2011. The Acid and Burn Crime Bill 2012 is a comprehensive legal mechanism that will complement the criminalisation of acid throwing.
The comprehensive legislation addresses the challenges related to the investigation and trial process, it makes the provision of free medical and rehabilitation services an obligation for the state and it provides a funding and monitoring mechanism that will facilitate the implementation process. Hats off to Dr Atiya Inayatullah who has tabled the bill in the national assembly in March 2011!
A champion for burn survivors since 2001, Dr Atiya Inayatullah has been very active in promoting the Domestic Violence Bill and enhancing the cross party synergy within the women parliamentarian caucus, to promote pro=women legislation…
The work has just started!
Dr Atiyya Inayatullah, MNA, PML-Q