October 20, 2017 05:53 PM

Chandigarh (kulbir singh kalsi):

 A total of 3 patients with fire cracker related injury presented to the emergency services of Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER, Chandigarh. 16 patients were from the tricity area, while 21 were from the neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. There were 29 males and 8 females. 19 patients were 16 years of age and 5 were 40 years of age.

The youngest patient presenting with ocular injury due to fire cracker was 7 years old. 11 patients were actually lighting the crackers when they got injured and 26 were bystanders. A total of 13 patients required surgical intervention to salvage the eye, 10 of which have undergone surgery at the time of preparation of this report.

Majority of those who required surgical intervention had severe injury with light perception or worse visual acuity and were from outside the tricity area.

 A 14 year old girl child, originally hailing from Muzaffar Nagar, (UP) suffered burns on both the hands while bursting the crackers by igniting them in her hands.

She visited the OPD of the PGIMER. She was staying in Chandigarh with one of her relatives.This dangerous action which should always be avoided has led to severe burns to both her hands which are being treated now by PGIMER.

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