Unfortunately, children who become victims of severe burns are commonly seen at our hospitals. The time to recovery is often prolonged and is a testing time for the child and the caregiver. Admission may last anything from a few days to weeks and months.
While we strive to manage these children in the best possible way, including surgical intervention when necessary, and to provide care and comfort, our facilities are limited.
The Paediatric Surgical Service manages burns at Frere and Cecilia Makiwane Hospitals. There are 14 beds available for children between the 2 hospitals and on average 200 children per year with severe burns are admitted to our units.
Currently children suffering from burns do not have their own exclusive ward at either hospital. At present, at Frere for example, children who have been burned, are nursed together with adults in a single ward. Three of these are nursed in a tiny side ward and the remainder among the adults. The ward does not have a play area for the children.