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‘Most burn victims on Diwali are children’

PGI doctors from the ENT and Eye departments said that majority of the victims on Diwali were children.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 24, 2013 1:15:22 am

On the third day of the ‘Green Diwali’ campaign organised by NGO Yuvsatta and the Chandigarh Administration,doctors from PGI addressed students of the Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS),Sector 10,on Wednesday.

On the occasion,PGI doctors from the ENT and Eye departments said that majority of the victims on Diwali were children with major injuries and burns on their hands,face and eyes.

Addressing the students,Srishti Raj,assistant professor in PGI’s Eye department said,“Burns on the hands,face and eyes are the most common injuries during Diwali. Unfortunately,majority of the victims we receive after Diwali celebrations are children. They get injured while playing with crackers,unsupervised by adults. There are instances of serious injuries caused by the fire crackers to the eyes,leading to loss of vision.”

“These firecrackers,which should only emanate light and sparkles on ignition,often burst causing burn injuries. As they say prevention is better than cure,the young ones,whose life is put on stake in fire-cracker related injuries should take lead and campaign for a ‘Cracker free Diwali’,” Srishti added.

Meanwhile,Dr Dharmveer from the ENT Department said,“Cracker thrills,but it can sometimes kill. The loud noise of crackers also causes intense pollution. The noise leads to hearing loss,high blood pressure,heart attack and disturbed sleep.”

The NGO,in association with the environment department of the Chandigarh Administration and Eco- clubs of the respective government schools,are reaching out to prominent schools in the city to involve more and more people in the campaign that will continue till October 31.

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