Cracker injury cases on the rise in City

Several on the verge of losing sight

 
Children injured during the Deepavali  celebrations under treatment at Government Minto Eye  Hospital in the City on Tuesday. DH photo In fact, a seven-year-old boy admitted at Minto Ophthalmic Hospital may lose his vision after being hit by a cracker bomb.

Stating his condition, Dr Sriprakash K L, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, said, “The patient's eye ball has completely ruptured. Although we have done a surgery, it is probable that he may lose his eye sight.”

The other patient - a five-year-old child - is also admitted in the hospital and is undergoing treatment.

The hospital received eight children with eye injury cases on Tuesday and has treated nearly 42 cases since the start of the festival. While initially 11 patients with severe condition were admitted, two were discharged.

Slim chances

At Padmabhushan Dr M C Modi Charitable Eye Hospital, four children and two adults came in with eye injuries. Dr Suvarna Modi, hospital’s Medical Superintendent, said, “The condition of a 21-year-old patient, who came today, is severe. He was walking near his home when an atom bomb hit his eye. As the central part of the eye is damaged, the chances of his recovering full vision are slim.” The hospital treated 23 patients in the last three days. Similarly, two patients at Narayana Nethralaya lost their eye sight due to cracker mishaps.

Dr K Bhujang Shetty, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), said, “We received 44 cases this festival, out of which nine were serious injuries.” He added that 22 patients were children and had minor wounds.   

Sankara Eye Care Institutions received a six-year-old girl, a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old with eye injures.

In fact, they have given bandaged contact lens to seven patients and referred an 8-year-old boy to a plastic surgeon because he had sustained burns on his eye brow area.  However, the hospital said that it was fortunate that none of the 18 cases that it received this festival were severe in nature.    

Asthma cases

Meanwhile, two adults with asthma problem visited Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital on Tuesday. Dr Rajanna, Resident Medical Officer, said that the smoke emitted from firecrackers aggravated their condition.

He further added, “We received around five cases burn cases, two eye injury cases that were referred to Minto Ophthalmic Hospital and eight asthma patients in the last three days.”   

42 cases

Dr Rudraprasad, medical officer of allergy and asthma clinic in Kempagowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) said that apart from treating around 20 patients in the hospital with breathing problem, he saw around 42 cases in his clinic.

He said that out of these 25 per cent were acute cases and the usage of inhalers had gone up by 50 per cent this time.

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