Despite awareness drives and campaigns against firecrackers,no lessons seem to have been learnt with a large number of Diwali related injuries being reported in various hospitals in the Tricity. Emergency wards at the hospitals remained jam-packed with fireworks-related injuries,ranging from minor burn injury to sight threatening eye injury. This Diwali,80 people damaged their eyes,while bursting crackers; out of which 50 are undergoing a risk of partial vision loss. Apart from that about 40 burn cases were reported in Tricity.
Advanced Eye Centre of PGI,witnessed 47 severe eye injury cases in the last two days. About 22 cases were reported on November 2 and 25 cases on Diwali night. Doctors said,many more cases are expected in the next couple of days. Only 15 injury cases were reported from Tricity and the rest were from outside.
All eye injury cases reported due to firecrackers were critical. There were cases of eye perforations,blunt trauma,burn of eye lids and lid lacerations, Dr Reema Bansal,ophthalmologist,PGI said.
Some patients have been operated on and others are undergoing treatment at PGI. About 18 patients had eye rupture and required immediate surgical repair. In majority of the cases,patients vision capacity will deteriorate and there are chances of them turning partially blind, Dr Reema said. She added,Till now,eyes of eight patients have given no response to light,which means they have turned partially blind.
Of eight,one is Lakshya,a six-year-old boy from Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh). He ruptured his left eye while he was checking a defused bomb and tried to ignite it. As per doctors,his left eye has lost the vision potential permanently. As of now,his left eye is denying vision,which means he has turned partially blind, an ophthalmologist said.
About half of the patients with eye injuries were children below the age of 12 and were bursting crackers in the absence of their parents.
Manish Kumar (9) burned his hands and left eye. I went out with my friends to burst crackers. While playing,a cracker burst in my hand and something sharp perforated my eye. It was very painful.
Vishal Kumar received severe injuries to the eye that would gradually lead to deterioration of vision. His uncle Harpreet Singh said that they had not bought crackers for Vishal. He,however went out with his friends without informing us. His friends informed us that he was injured while bursting crackers. There were several others who received injuries not while bursting crackers,but while simply watching them.
Doctors said that most of eye injuries occurred when people tried to check defused bombs. Apart from eye injuries,there were five burn injury cases reported at Advance Trauma Centre of PGI.
In the emergency of Government Multi Speciality Hospital,Sector 16,35 cases of minor burn injuries and 18 cases of eye injuries were reported,on Diwali night. Patients were discharged after treatment, said an deputy medical superintendent.
The condition was similar at Government Medical College and Hospital,Sector 32,where 15 cases of eye injuries and 10 burn cases were reported. Of the 15 eye injury cases,only two were critical and are undergoing treatment at GMCH-32; others were discharged on Monday.
Apart from Chandigarh,around 60 cases of cracker related injuries were reported in Mohali and Panchkula. All patients were discharged after treatment. While majority received burn injuries,10 cases were of eye injuries.