In a first, Karnataka government is set to have a comprehensive policy to help burns victims.
Afshan Yasmeen reports for The Hindu that once formulated, Karnataka will become the first state in the country to bring out a policy for the welfare of burns victims.
According to the report, the policy envisages a total rehabilitation of victims of burns and providing them with quality care.
Insurance, housing, rehabilitation, employment and other welfare measures including pension for burns victims, will be included in the policy. The policy will reportedly be taken up in the November session of legislature, state Health Minister KR Ramesh Kumar said.
The State Health Department, jointly with Vimochana, a NGO working with burns victims for several years, has prepared a draft policy for the prevention and treatment of burns and rehabilitation and empowerment of women, who have suffered burns.
Speaking to The Hindu after attending a meeting with members of Vimochana and legal experts, the Health Minister said:
â€œI have asked the members of Vimochana to submit a proposal soon incorporating all these aspects, to the Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare). We can have another round of discussions and finalise the policy. I will try to convince the Chief Minister about the need for such a policy."
According to a report in The New Indian Express, Karnataka has only two functioning burn units that is capable of dealing with third-degree burns. This, for a population of over 6.5 crore.