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Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

Hospitals see 75% decline in burn injuries this Diwali

On the night of Diwali, five nodal government hospitals for treating burns injuries received 179 cases as compared to 704 cases received by these hospitals the year before.

health Updated: Oct 21, 2017 19:45 IST
Hospitals in Delhi received fewer and less severe burn injury patients this year on Diwali. (HT Photo)
Hospitals in Delhi received fewer and less severe burn injury patients this year on Diwali. (HT Photo)

New Delhi: This Diwali, hospitals across the city had fewer people coming in with burn injuries to their emergency department as compared to previous years. And, the people who came in had less severe burns.

In fact, the five nodal government hospitals designated to treat burn patients saw a 75% decline in the number of people who came into their emergency department on Thursday night.

The five hospitals — Lok Nayak, Guru Teg Bahadur, Safdarjung, Ram Manohar Lohia and Deen Dayal Upadhaya — reported 179 burns cases last night as compared to a total of 704 cases these hospitals had received previous year during Diwali.

Safdarjung hospital, which has one of the best burns unit among the government hospitals, received a total of 55 patients with Diwali-related burn injuries, with most not requiring admission. “Only five patients had burns severe enough that we had to admit them,” said the hospital spokesperson. In 2016, the hospital had seen 300 cases of burn injury on the night of Diwali.

Lok Nayak hospital received 10 cases as compared to 71 in 2016. “Of the 10 patients, we had to admit only four, who had suffered more than 10% burns. Even then, the burns were concentrated on the limbs. In fact, this year in all the nodal government hospitals, the number of admissions were less,” said Dr JC Passey, medical director of Lok Nayak hospital, which is responsible for issuing public awareness messages on Dos and Donts’ for burn injuries every Diwali.

Guru Teg Bahadur hospital (which caters to the entire trans-Yamuna region) had 40 cases of burns injury as compared to 175 the year before. At Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital, 45 patients came in with burns injury as compared to 60 last year. Dr Ram Manohar Lohia hospital received 29 patients with burns injury as compared to 98 the year before.

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) received no burn injury case on Thursday night.

“This year, there has been a sharp decline in the number of patients coming in with burn injuries, the number of admission are also fewer indicating that the burns were less severe. This can only be attributed to the ban on sale of crackers,” said Dr VK Tiwari, medical superintendent of RML hospital. He worked in the burns and plastics department of Safdarjung hospital till recently.

“There has been a declining trend over the years showing that people take precautions. There had been a significant decline when the school-children were made to take an oath. But, for the last two or three years it has remained almost the same,” he added.