Cases of burn injuries this Diwali fewer than last year
NEW DELHI: The ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR may not have had the desired impact on air quality, but major hospitals in the national Capital reported fewer cases of burn injuries this Diwali than the year before.
Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, both of which have large burn units, received 66 and 29 patients, respectively.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), meanwhile, did not receive any burn injury cases last night, doctors said.
A senior in Safdarjung Hospital said, "Out of the 66 patients, who came between 6 pm yesterday (Thursday) to 6 am today (Friday), 50 had suffered burn injuries during Diwali-related festivities. Five of them were admitted."
He added that the Hospital, located in the heart of the city, had received 110 burn patients last Diwali.
Meanwhile, at central Delhi's RML Hospital, fewer patients came to the casualty ward with burn injuries than last year's 79.
"Since last evening till 10 am today (Friday), 29 patients – 23 males and five females – with burn injuries, mainly related to hands and eyes, were attended to in the casualty department. Only one man, who had suffered 27 per cent injury, was admitted," Medical Superintendent at RML Hospital, Dr V K Tiwari, said.
Many doctors attributed the lesser number of burn cases in hospitals to the Supreme Court ban on sale of crackers.
LNJP Hospital, the Delhi government's largest hospital, also received just 10 patients.
"Only four of them needed admission, the extent of burn ranged from 10 per cent in one patient to 60 per cent in another. None had eye injuries, but only facial and limb injuries," Medical Superintendent, LNJP Hospital, J C Passey said.
Authorities at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said that its casualty unit received 15 cases of burn injuries on Thursday night, five of whom children and 10 were adults.
Two patients with severe burn injuries have been operated, and the rest discharged. Four patients with breathing difficulty also came to the casualty ward, they said.
Meanwhile, St Stephen's Hospital did not report a single burn- related case on Diwali night. "We usually get 15-20 cases every year. But, this time the firecracker ban may have helped reduce the number," a senior official said.
However, night-long Diwali revelries left Delhi polluted on Friday morning, as the air quality took a sharp plunge and entered the 'severe' zone.