While Mumbaiites were busy splashing and smearing colours on one another, the city’s major civic and government run hospitals on Monday reported an increase in the number of people who visited with Holi-related injuries, compared to the figures last year. None of the injuries, however, were serious.
Doctors at KEM Hospital in Parel treated 40 patients in the casualty department for injuries ranging from fractures, sprains and cuts on the skin. Last year, 22 patients had approached the hospital, out of which four had required admission.
“This year only two patients were admitted. They had met with a road accident while drunk driving. Ten patients had come complaining of eye problems caused by the colours they played Holi with,” said Dr Avinash Supe, dean, KEM Hospital.
An assistant medical officer at the hospital added that at least four cases of dog bites were reported. “Some people tried to apply colour on dogs and were bitten,” she said.
Meanwhile, Sion Hospital treated 18 injured people however none of them required admission. Last year, 13 patients had sought treatment from the hospital for injuries sustained during Holi celebrations.
“Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported this year,” said Dr Suleman Merchant, dean, Sion Hospital.
BYL Nair hospital, Mumbai Central, saw 10 patients with injuries. “A child was brought in who had consumed a liquid cleaner mistaking it for bhaang. But no other serious cases were reported,” said a doctor from the hospital.
At the state-run Sir JJ Hospital, Byculla, 30 cases of injuries related to Holi were recorded, out of which two patients needed admission. “We also admitted a 60-year-old man with a hip fracture and a 30-year old man with a head injury were admitted,” said Dr TP Lahane, dean, Sir JJ Hospital. The figures are higher than last year’s, claimed a hospital official.
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