Chandigarh: PGI reports 28 cases of firecracker-related eye injuries this Diwali

By Dinkle Popli -- October 25th 2022 04:36 PM

Chandigarh, October 25: In view of the Diwali Festival and anticipation of many emergencies due to cracker injuries, the Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER has made an elaborate arrangement to meet and provide immediate treatment to the patients reporting to the PGIMER.

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The department has doctors and staffs on special emergency duty round the clock at the Advance Eye centre PGIMER, Chandigarh from the morning of 23-10-2022 to 26-10-2022 (8 am) to attend the patients on arrival.

A total of 28 patients came to the Advanced Eye Centre on 24-10-2022 (8 AM to 25- 10-2022 8 AM) with alleged history of fire crackers injuries in 24 hours. There were 25 males and 3 females, of theses 16 were age≤15 years and the youngest being 8 years old. There were 17 patients from Tri city (Chandigarh-11 Mohali and PKL- 6) and rest from the neighbouring states of Punjab (3), Haryana (5) and Himachal Pradesh (3). Fourteen patients were bystanders and rest 14 were bursting crackers themselves.

Out of 28 patients 11 eye have open globe injuries and needed emergency surgeries (9 patients were already operated) and nine of these have serious injuries. Rest 17 have either minor injuries or closed globe injuries, and were managed conservatively. We have comparative data of previous 2 years and we feel it was comparatively higher cases in this Diwali 2022.

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-PTC News


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