A total of 189 burn cases were reported at hospitals across the Tricity during Diwali. While 147 patients were treated in Chandigarh, 25 were treated in Panchkula and 17 in Mohali. Officials of the health department said that while PGI received 23 patients, around 97 cases were reported at Government Multi Speciality Hospital in Sector 16, and the civil hospitals in Sector 22 and Manimajra. At Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, the number was 24.
Dr Jagat Ram, head of PGI’s Advance Eye Centre, said that most of the patients who came to the hospital sustained severe eye injuries. Among them is 10-year-old Amit (name changed).
“He has severe eye injuries. One of his eyes is showing improvement. We have to wait for the next few days for the recovery of the other eye,” said Dr Ram. He added that around eight patients were still undergoing treatment at the centre.
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A PGI statement issued Thursday read that out of the 23 patients who reported to its Advanced Eye Centre, 21 were males and two were females. While 13 were igniting crackers, 10 were bystanders, it further read.
The statement added, “Six patients were below 12 years of age. Half of them had severe eye injuries. Eyelid injuries were present in all the patients. Eight patients underwent primary surgical repair on Wednesday night.”
A parent from Ambala, whose son is admitted in the ward, said, “Children don’t listen in most of the cases. If the government cares about the public, it should ban firecrackers.”
PGI officials said that while most of the patients belonged to the Tricity, few were from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab.
Dalveer Singh from Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, who sustained eye injuries, said that they tried several hospitals before coming to PGI. “After the incident took place on Wednesday evening, we immediately took him to a hospital in Anandpur Sahib and later to one in Ropar. Doctors at both the places said that they didn’t have the required facilities to treat him,” said Arvinder Singh, a relative of Dalveer.
He added that Dalveer was given first aid at a hospital and referred to PGI, where he was operated upon.
17 injured in Mohali.
A total of 17 persons received burn and eye injuries during Diwali celebrations in Mohali Wednesday, said authorities of Civil Hospital, Phase VI. District health officials said that most of the injured were discharged after treatment.
The officials said that the first case was reported from Phase V, in which 19-year-old Gaurav Sharma was injured after a cracker burst in his hand. Gaurav was taken to a private hospital, from where he was sent to civil hospital and discharged after treatment.
Three people were admitted to Fortis Hospital with burn injuries. They included Akashdeep Singh (25), Ramneesh Kaur (38) and Darshan Mehta (60).
While the first two were discharged after treatment, Darshan, a Kharar resident, remains admitted at the hospital. She was seriously injured when a candle fell on her clothes. Doctors said that she received 40 per cent burn injuries.
Dr V K Bansal, Chief Medical Officer, Panckula, told Chandigarh Newsline that a total of 25 cases of eye and burn injuries were reported at General Hospital, Sector 6. “Two patients were referred to PGI,” he said.