Country's hospitals, now having only a total of 52 experts, are badly in need of more qualified plastic surgeons to treat as many as six lakh burn patients annually.
According to sources, only 16 MBBS doctors get chance in post graduate courses on plastic surgery in the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) under a programme that started this year.
The DMCH has been experiencing a rush of burn patients from various parts of the country since a nationwide blockade programme across was enforced for an indefinite period by the 20-party opposition alliance led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) three weeks back.
Only six hospitals including the DMCH have full-fledged burn units and lack of professional plastic surgeons also prevails there.
Under residential programme of DMCH and Burn Unit of it both eight and eight doctors could be admitted to plastic surgery courses for five years.
If any doctor qualifies for Fellow of The College of Physicians And Surgeons (FCPS) for plastic and reconstructive surgery courses under the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), they can admitted for five years but there is no fixed seat.
Every year a hundred of experts could be developed if the Burn Unit turns into an institute, Prof Abul Kalam, Project Director of DMCH Burn Unit, told this correspondent.
"About two months back the Burn Unit got administrative approval asThe National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery but it was still in the file of the ministry," said Dr Shamata Lal Sen, founder project director of DMCH Burn Unit.
The number of burn patients usually rise more in the winter than other seasons. It spiralled in the ongoing blockade as criminals are torching passenger buses and vehicles in the name of anti-government movement, he said.
Over 31 people were killed and hundreds injured in arson and bomb attacks during the countrywide blockade since January 6, demanding a fresh parliamentary election under a nonpartisan administration.
Two burn victims -- Feni school student Minhazul Islam Anik and executive magistrate Abdul Qadir -- have been sent abroad for treatment. Anik's fellow Shahriar Hriday and Gaibandha truck driver Liton Miah will be send abroad for advanced treatment on government expenses.
The DMCH Burn Unit provided treatment to 509 patients till Tuesday evening including 46 arson victims and the rest of the 41 arson victims left the hospital with 90 doctors including 15 plastic surgeons dealing with them, said Dr Partha Shankar Paul, resident surgeon of the Burn Unit.
The government is drafting a guideline for the Upazilla health complex doctors to provide primary treatment as they studied about on attending burn patients in MBBS course, Health Minister Mohammad Nasim said.