Six hospitals under the Central and Delhi government — Safdarjung, Ram Manohar Lohia (RML), Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB), Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU), Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) and Lok Nayak (LN) hospitals — will provide treatment for burns during Diwali, officials said.
Lok Nayak hospital has also been made the nodal hospital by the Delhi Health department to coordinate between the other centres for referrals.
Officials said Safdarjung Hospital — which has the largest burns unit in the country and an ICU for the same — usually receives the most cases during Diwali. Severe burns will also be referred here, officials said.
“As we saw a jump in the number and intensity of burns last year around Diwali, we are trying to coordinate between identified hospitals this time. This will ensure that all patients receive attention at the earliest. Serious cases will also be referred to higher centres for treatment,” an official said.
Lok Nayak hospital has circulated a list of hospitals in different parts of the city that will treat burns, officials said. “Doctors will be posted round the clock, 24-48 hours before Diwali. They will continue to be on duty till two days after the festival, as the past few years have shown that injury cases keep coming even after Diwali,” the official said.
Around 500 cases were reported last year, with the majority coming to government hospitals. LN hospitals saw a total of 234 cases last year — 165 on Diwali, and 33 and 36 cases a day before and after the festival.
In 2012, out of 261 cases only 150 cases were reported on Diwali.
Doctors said the intensity of burns also went up in 2013, with some patients having 60 per cent burns. In 2012, a maximum of 15-20 per cent burns was reported.
In 2013, 12 patients were admitted compared to 2012 when only one patient was admitted.
Data from Safdarjung hospital, in the last 10 years, also shows that 65 per cent of burn cases were caused by anars (sparkler fountains). Cracker bombs were found to be the second most common cause, causing 13 per cent of cases.