Despite a reported drop in sale of crackers, which was reflected in the dip in air pollution, cases of injuries on Diwali saw a spike compared to the festival day last year.
Even as market experts said the sale of crackers was barely 25% of the Diwali business last year, around 175 cases of injuries inflicted by firecrackers were reported till Friday evening in the three government hospitals of the city. Last year, 107 such cases were reported.
Like last year, most cases — 125 — were at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16; 35 victims were children. Ninety cases were of burns, while the rest were eye injuries. All were given treatment and discharged.At the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), 12 eye injury cases came. These included some outstation cases too. According to PGIMER spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar, six patients suffered eye rupture and required surgery. “The other six were discharged after treatment,” she said. Two cases of burns were also reported at the PGIMER. At GMCH, 29 cases of Diwali-related injuries were reported, majority of them of eye injuries.
On the business side, though, a major reason for the drop in sale of crackers was that three festivals had already been celebratedin the current month. Kamaljit Singh Panchhi of ChandigarhBeopar Mandal said traders had invested heavily in crackers but suffered heavy losses.