Real stories - Interview with Naradevi

Date and Place of Interview: 29th December, 2010, Bir Hospital Burn Unit
Name: Naradevi
Position: In-charge of Burns Unit

Interview Details

  1. What is your work schedule? How many hours a day? How many days a week?
    Generally I work during morning for 8 hours and for 6 days in a week.
  2. How long have you been working in the field of burns?
    I have been working since 2000 till present in the field of burns.
  3. How did you get involved in this kind of work?
    Burns special training in 1995 in Vancouver Canada, where I was involved in this kind of work. Also I have been involved in Burns Training in Royal Perth hospital, Western Australia in 2005.
  4. How do you feel about your job? Please explain why, if and how you enjoy or don’t enjoy your work.
    I am very satisfied with my work. Most of the burn patients are poor and I really like to help and care them.
  5. What do you most like and dislike about your work?
    I liked the most about my work is that when I see the patient recovering and sending them home happily. What I most dislike about my work is sometimes patients behave uncooperatively and their poor economic background.
  6. What are the biggest challenges, you face personally in what you do?
    Mainly burns patient are poor and they even don’t have money to buy medicine which is the biggest challenge. In such situations I have to contact with organization working for the social work like Sai Baba Kendra and BVS-Nepal. For dressing instrument I have been building networking with Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia who are helping us in this part.
  7. What do you think is the biggest thing you contribute to the field you work in?
    Knowledge, skill, time and supervision to general staff and awareness to the people are the biggest thing I have contributed in this field.
  8. What do you think are the biggest needs in environment you work in?
    The biggest needs are:
    1. Nutrition
    2. Medication, burns cream
    3. Physiotherapy’s materials
    4. Awareness about burns
    5. Equipment like ventilation
  9. What do you think are the biggest challenges faced by survivors?
    The biggest challenges faced by survivors are:
    1. Economic Condition
    2. Loosing husband or wife
    3. Re-integration in the family, society
    4. Disfigurement
    5. Family and society will accept or not
  10. What do you think are the biggest challenges faced by patients (these include those that don’t always survive)?
    The biggest challenges faced by patients are:
    1. Psychological problems
    2. Blaming to the hospital for not looking or caring properly
    3. Patient’s family members sat that we would have taken the patients outside the country
  11. What do they tell you are their biggest challenges and problems?
    1. Challenges: Cooperation between family members, doctors and nurse Leaving wife alone at the hospital.
    2. Problems: Poor economic Background Lack of family support
  12. What would you like to see change and how?
    I really want to see patient happy and receiving care, love and support from their family. There should not be any patients who are suffering from psychological problem if we get such patient we refer them to mental hospital.
  13. What is your opinion on the state of burns and particularly that of burns violence in this country?
    I think very rarely people talk about burns violence and the state has not done anything for the burn patients. There should be prevention about burns in school, community etc. In Nepal there are so many people who are not getting job this might be one of the reasons to do suicide so government should help them to get job so that suicide will be minimized.
  14. How big a problem do you think burns violence is?
    It is a big problem because patient will be disfigured, face psychological problems, face discrimination from the family members, society and in most of female cases, their husband will remarry.
  15. How to you think this problem should be tackled?
    I feel rehabilitation and counseling to the burn patients is very important. There ought to be confidentiality within the family member and also time to time counseling to the patients.
  16. Do you think that effective change can be made? How?
    There should be coordination between the government, NGOs, INGOs, hospital and layers. Counseling is also another method which can help them to change.
  17. If you had the power and influence to change 3 things about the current state of this field what would those be, why and how would you propose to make these changes?
    1. Hospital: Burns training to all the hospital staff special those people who are working in burns care field. So there will be good team to look after the patient.
    2. Awareness: Public awareness about burn violence especially in different part of rural areas.
    3. Burns Ward: Special burn wards for the survivors. So that the patient can get special care, support.
  18. Do you feel motivated and have hope in your work?
    1. Motivation: I have motivated that’s why I am working in this field. Because of my motivation my junior staffs are influenced to work in this field.
    2. Hope: I have so many hopes from my work. I am trying my best to sensitize people about burns.
  19. What do you see for the future?
    I hope there will be good management in burns unit. Many people will be aware about this issue. There will be more trained staff in burns unit.
  20. Please feel free to add anything that you think has been left out.
    It would be greater if there were more manpower so that patients can get more care and concern, more nutrition support, free medical care to the patients.