De­cline in num­ber of burn in­jury cases this year

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Spotlight - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­desk@htlive.com

LUC­KNOW: The num­ber of burn cases and con­se­quent ad­mis­sions to hos­pi­tal saw a de­cline on Di­wali, as fire­crack­ers were al­lowed only for two hours be­tween 8 pm and 10 pm this year.

There was a 41.11% de­crease in the num­ber of burn cases in civil hos­pi­tal as com­pared to 2017, ac­cord­ing to the data com­piled by doc­tors.

Dr Ashutosh Dubey, med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent of the hos­pi­tal, said 53 burn in­juries due to crack­ers were treated at the civil hos­pi­tal from Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon (Di­wali day) till Thurs­day morn­ing (8 am) as against 90 sim­i­lar cases in 2017.

He said around 24 pa­tients with other in­juries were treated dur­ing the same pe­riod. In to­tal, around 1,400 pa­tients in­clud­ing burn in­juries and other prob­lems were treated dur­ing the same pe­riod.

Dubey said two burn in­juries caused due to crack­ers were ma­jor. The first case was of eight-year-old boy Tan­may who suf­fered over 20% burns. He was un­der­go­ing treat­ment in the burn unit of the hos­pi­tal. The sec­ond case was of 38-year-old Man­ish Khare who suf­fered ma­jor burn in­juries in his hand due to cracker blast. The doc­tor said some burn in­juries were also caused due to fire by earthen diyas.

A sim­i­lar trend was ob­served at the Trauma Cen­tre of King Ge­orge’s Med­i­cal Univer­sity. As many as 30 burn in­jury pa­tients were ad­mit­ted here. A se­nior med­i­cal of­fi­cial said th­ese cases were much less as com­pared to 43 in the pre­vi­ous year on Di­wali.

Most of the vic­tims were chil­dren. “Al­most all the burn in­juries were re­ported in chil­dren. The most com­mon cause of in­jury was crack­ers burst­ing ac­ci­den­tally in their hands. Th­ese burns are not life-threat­en­ing but are se­vere enough,” said Dr Ashutosh Dubey. He said the de­crease in burn in­juries sug­gested that peo­ple had ap­par­ently be­come more aware and re­mained alert while burst­ing crack­ers.

Ow­ing to bad air qual­ity dur­ing win­ters, the Supreme Court had in Oc­to­ber al­lowed the sale of only “green crack­ers” across In­dia, which could be burst only be­tween 8pm and 10pm on Di­wali.

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