Doctors to remain on guard

  • Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Oct 21, 2014 11:28 IST

When city residents will celebrate the festival of lights with their dear ones on Thursday, doctors will work round-the-clock to ensure safe Diwali for them.

Taking a cue from several burn cases reported on Diwali every year, city hospitals have decided to tackle emergency situations on Thursday night. Various government and private hospitals in the city have formed special teams and made elaborate arrangements to deal with any kind of emergency situations on the festival night.

Last year, nearly 65 cases of burn injuries were reported from major hospitals of the city on Diwali night, while 70 such cases were reported in 2012.

Dr RK Karkara, senior medical officer at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, said double staff would be performing duty at emergency ward. Besides, various specialists would be deployed for the Diwali night, he said.

Assistant civil surgeon Dr KS Saini said: “The 108 ambulance service staff will be on duty during the Diwali festival.”

The Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) has formed a special team of 60 doctors of which some will perform duty at hospital while the other will be on call duty, said Dr Sanjeev Uppal, head of plastic surgery department of the hospital.

Dr Sanjeev Uppal said that several cases of injuries were reported on Sunday night. He advised residents to observe green Diwali which could bring down burn cases.

Meanwhile, services will continue in all other major city hospitals, including Christian Medical College and Hospital, Fortis Hospital, SPS Apollo Hospitals and others.

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