Diwali means merriment and togetherness. Apart from new festive outfits, diyas, lights, sweets, firecrackers have been an inseparable part of Diwali. But if we look at the other side of this joyous occasion, we will find that cases of injuries caused by bursting crackers during Diwali have been increasing at an alarming rate.
Dr Bhupendra Prasad Sarma, senior consultant surgeon, Guwahati-based Nemcare Hospital informed that most of the burn cases during Diwali are caused by bursting of flower pots (locally known as kolgos). “In the last few years, around 73.5 per cent burn cases reported during the two days of Diwali were caused due to bursting of flower pots,” Dr Sarma told Time8.
As per data published by Burn Care Foundation, a social unit of Nemcare Hospital, 75 per cent of patients are male and 25 per cent were female of the total cases reported in the Burn Care Unit of the hospital during Diwali time. Among them, 17.2 per cent cases were caused by firecrackers, 3.1 per cent cases were caused by earthen lamps and 6 per cent cases were caused by chakari or phuljari (sparklers).
“Let alone burn injuries, the contamination of air which is caused by firecrackers also contributes to health hazards in the human body,” the surgeon said.
Meanwhile, the district administration of Kamrup Metro has issued a list of designated places in the city for selling retail firecrackers during the Diwali days. The places are: Old Jail campus, Pandu College field, Dispur College field, below the Ganeshguri, Bhangagarh and Sixmile flyovers, Geetanagar field, Beltola market, Borbari ME School field, Udayan Krishti Sangha field, Lal Ganesh field, Rajdhar Borah Higher Secondary School field, Bonda Bihu field, Chandrapur Higher Secondary School field, Sonapur Mini Stadium, Khetri Gaon Panchayat field, Ulubari Girls’ Higher Secondary School field, Pachim Boragaon Prathamik Vidyalaya field, Pub Guwahati High School field and Kachamari Ghat.