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Hospitals gear up for burn injuries on Diwali

Harshraj Singh , Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, November 02, 2013
First Published: 22:04 IST(2/11/2013) | Last Updated: 22:10 IST(2/11/2013)

Taking cue from the large number of burn cases reported on Diwali every year, city hospitals have made required arrangements to tackle any emergency situations on Sunday night.

More than 70 burn cases were reported on Diwali night last year. Of them, majority of cases were of injuries on face and eyes.

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This year five doctors will be on duty at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital. “An eye surgeon, skin specialist and a general surgeon will be stationed during night hours as burn cases are commonly reported on Diwali. Besides there will be two emergency medical officers at civil hospital. Only one emergency medical officer is on duty during common days,” said Dr KS Saini, assistant civil surgeon.

“We appeal to public to celebrate a 'Green Diwali', which would help avoid burn injuries due to firecrackers,” Saini added.

“The staff of 108 Ambulance Service will be on duty during the night. We have cancelled leaves of employees to provide our best services in emergency,” said Jagdeep Singh, cluster incharge of 108 Ambulance Service, Ludhiana.

Private hospitals, too, have appointed special doctors for Diwali. Dr Kanwal Masih, medical superintendent of Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), said cases of eye, face and hand burn injuries were generally reported on Diwali. “Therefore, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, eye specialists and other emergency medical officers will be available at hospital. We have issued directions to heads of various departments,” he added.

According to CMCH, 25 cases of burn injuries were reported last year. Of them, 14 patients were in the age group of three to 15.

Dr Sanjiv Uppal, head of plastic surgery department, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana, said, “We have appointed a special team to tackle emergency burn and other injury cases on Diwali night. DMCH is equipped to handle more than 50 patients in a single go.”

A total of 13 burn injury cases were reported at DMCH on Diwali last year.

A spokesperson of SPS Apollo Hospital also said the hospital had made required arrangements to ensure timely treatment for patients.

Emergency contact numbers:

Dial 108 Ambulance service - 108
Civil hospital - 2610502
DMCH - 98155-55100
SPS Apollo Hospitals - 645-1000, 2535-2535, 8872-002-222
CMCH - 260-0026

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