Gurgaon residents need to exercise caution bursting crackers this Diwali. This is because the healthcare hub does not have a burns ward at any of its multi-speciality hospitals across the city.
Though the Civil Hospital is the only one with a specialised burns ward, it does not treat burn injuries above 50%.
"Any burn injury above 50% is dangerous. There are many complications which follow - skin grafting, plastic surgeries - that could also cause death if not handled properly. As we don't have a plastic surgeon here, we refer such cases to Safdurjung Hospital in Delhi," said Dr Sanjay Narula, in-charge of the burns unit at the Civil Hospital.
The six-bed ward, set up at the cost of Rs. 43 lakh, was started two months ago.
Multi-specialty private hospitals also don't admit patients with more than 40% burn injuries as they lack facilities to address the complications.
"We admit cases with not more than 30% burns. Injuries due to fire crackers are usually minor. It is mostly the fingers, arms, feet and eyes that get burnt while bursting fire crackers," said Dr Vishal Sehgal, head of emergency and inpatient services, Artemis Health Sciences.
Meanwhile, civil and private hospitals have made special 24-hour arrangements to address emergencies this Diwali.
For this, extra staff has been deployed in the emergency units and a temporary burns ward has been set up.
In Noida and Ghaziabad, the police and the fire department have made elaborate arrangements to ensure a happy and safe Diwali.
The fire departments have made arrangements to check mishaps during the festival. Temporary fire stations have been set up in different parts of the cities to meet emergency cases.
In Noida, motorcycles with backpack fire-fighting equipment will also take rounds, especially in areas that have narrow lanes where it is difficult for fire tenders to reach.
"We have made arrangements to meet exigencies. We are in touch with shopkeepers of all the major marketplaces, resident welfare associations and firecracker shops," said Aman Sharma, chief fire officer, Noida.
"We have also formed vigilance teams who are keeping a tab on cracker shops. They are seeing to it if shopkeepers are following the necessary guidelines and have the licence," said a senior police officer.