As many as 116 people were admitted to various hospitals in the city with severe eye and burn injuries due to bursting of firecrackers on Diwali. Among time 59 were burns patients and 57 came with eye injuries.
A list of Chandigarh health department revealed that Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) received 38 patients, while 78 people were admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, and civil hospitals at Sector 22, Manimajra and Sector 45. Most of the victims were bystanders, said Professor M R Dogra, Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at PGIMER in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Of the 38 patients, the PGIMER in Chandigarh received till the filing of this report, 19 were from the Tricity, rest from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.
Dr Parul Chawla Gupta, Assistant Professor of the Department Ophthalmology, said that a special Out-patient Department for Diwali-related injuries at the Advanced Eye Centre was opened on November 6 from 8 am that would continue to function till 8 am on November 9.
As per the data, among the injured, 26 were men and rest women, including 15 children less than 16 years of age. The hospital officials said the youngest among the injured is a two-year-old. The PGI received one case a day before Diwali. As per the PGIMER officials, 14 patients were bursting crackers when they got injured and 20 were bystanders. A total of 12 patients required surgical intervention with eight having severe injuries.
Professor Dogra said that unregulated burning of firecrackers should be banned. “If we can ban other things, which hurt or injure humans, why not unregularised bursting of crackers. The firecrackers on Diwali can be burst at one place by some professionals,” advised Professor Dogra. “We have received 20 patients who were either passing by or just standing nearby where the firecrackers were being burst,” added Professor Dogra.
As per the data, GMSH received 28 burn injury patients and 14 with eye injuries, while GMCH received six patients with burns and three with eye injuries. As many as 21 burn injury patients and six with eye injuries were admitted to the civil hospitals.
As many as 19 people received burn injuries during Diwali celebrations on Wednesday. While 11 cases were reported from Mohali, eight from Derabassi subdivision. A 7-year-old boy, Tanu, from Derabassi was referred to the PGIMER, Chandigarh. Mohali Senior Medical Officer Manjeet Singh said that all the 11 patients came with minor burn injuries and were discharged on Wednesday night itself.
In Derabassi and Zirakpur, total seven cases of burn injuries were reported during the Diwali celebrations.
In 2017, 28 taken to PGI. As per the PGIMER officials, there were 28 patients with firecracker injuries in 2017, of whom 12 were from Tricity. As per 2017 data, 10 patients were bursting crackers, while 18 were bystanders.