Burn cases in hospitals down 50 per cent this Diwali

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Burn cases in hospitals down 50 per cent this Diwali

Cases of burns were down by 50 per cent this Diwali after the apex court banned the sale of firecrackers during Diwali this year.

Burn injuries from firecrackers have seen a dip this year by at least 50 per cent in Delhi-NCR post Diwali celebrations.

Till last year, city hospitals used to witness hundreds of burn patients during Diwali, but this time, the ban on sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR has apparently resulted in lesser cases of burns, said doctors. While All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) RP Eye Centre has received nearly 28 patients with burn injuries in the last 24 hours, last year Mail Today had reported at least 110 patients with severe eye burn injuries.

"Nineteen of 28 patients need ocular surgical treatment in the last 24 hours. Last year, we reported about 110 people on Diwali night after suffering burns in their eyes and our doctors performed evisceration surgeries which are rarely done. Cases are comparatively less this time," Dr Atul Kumar, chief of AIIMS RP Eye Centre told Mail Today.

Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital and RML Hospital received 50 and 29 patients respectively. Safdarjung had received 110 burn patients last Diwali, a senior doctor said.

"At least, 50 patients had come with burn injuries. Five of them were admitted and rest given first aid and released," Poonam Dhanda, PRO, Safdarjung Hospital.

RML Hospital receives over 100 burn cases during Diwali every year.

"We received just 29 patients of burn, of which one patient is in ICU. This patient suffered 30 per cent burns on his body. Trend is 50 per cent less this year," informed (Prof ) Dr VK Tiwari, Director, RML Hospital.

While Sir Ganga Ram Hospital received 15 cases of burns, including five children, LNJP Hospital received 10 patients.