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Despite the Supreme Court’s limitation on the sale of firecrackers in the capital, many Delhiites managed to burst crackers the entire night. Hospitals across the city reported a major spike in severe burn injuries, of which the maximum was Diwali-related burns. All Delhi-based hospitals ran round-the-clock emergency services and Out-Patient Departments (OPDs).

Safdarjung Hospital, which has a big burn-ward, received 104 burn patients between 9 am on November 7 and 9 am on November 8. Out of these, 85 were Diwali-related burns, of which 63 were treated in the OPD and the remaining 22 had to be admitted due to several severe burns.

The number of cases has spiked since 2017 when 66 people had reached the hospital and only 11 had been admitted.

Of the 85 cases at the Safdarjung Hospital, 32 cases were Diya related while 53 burn cases were due to firecrackers.

“It looks like the cracker ban did not have the desired effect among Delhiites. The casualty ward at the Hospital was kept busy during the night,” said a doctor from the hospital.

At Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, total Forty-four burn cases were recorded this year as compared to 29 last year.

“We received 44 Diwali-related burn cases in our casualty till the morning of November 8, of which 17 were under 19, 24 adults and three senior citizens. Out of the 44, six were eye burns, all the senior citizens were eye-burn cases,” said Dr Madhurima Taneja, Accident and Emergency Department, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

While most hospitals were busy taking care of the rush in the emergency wards, AIIMS confirmed no burn cases. The Center-run hospital received the 500 patients in its casualty ward, which is the normal number of patients on any given day. Even St. Stephens Hospital did not receive a single burn-related case.

Doctors at various hospitals said the ban on the sale of crackers did lower the number of cases as compared to last year, but there is still a lot that can be achieved.

A SPECIAL RUN

  • City hospitals carry emergency night services, including 24-hour OPDs.   
  • Doctors said the ban on sale of crackers lowered the number of burn injuries, but there is still a lot that has to  be achieved.

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