Nagpur: In the last several days, a total of 17 cases of burning firecrackers have come out in both medical colleges. Many patients have also been injured while bursting firecrackers by private doctors.
About three children suffered partial blindness due to the bursting of firecrackers near their faces. A child also got a lot of irritation on the face. Amidst poor air quality and changes in weather conditions, many children suffer from asthma attacks and a significant drop in oxygen saturation levels, doctors said. Doctors have also said that they had to increase the dose of the inhaler while some were also put on oxygen support.
Retinal surgeon Dr Sandeep Anjankar has also said that he has also received three cases of irritation in the eyes. “Both corneas of a 7-year-old boy were also burnt due to firecrackers. Two more children, aged 3 and 10, also had severe irritation on their faces. He has also suffered the transient visual loss. His eyesight will come back with treatment.” They said.
Ophthalmologist Dr Gopal Arora has said that this time most of his patients were bystanders. “Very serious injuries were not reported at all, especially to those who burst firecrackers. Most of the victims have been in the grip of particulates released from the firecrackers. People should also ensure the safety of others while bursting crackers.” They said.
Air pollution, frequent weather changes, and exposure during travel are contributing to diseases in children
Pediatric intensivist Dr Vivek Charade has also said that the condition of asthma patients has worsened. “Oxygen saturation levels dropped to 88 in many children. They were hospitalized and placed on O2 support. Simultaneously, some patients who were already on the inhaler had to increase the dosage. Air pollution, frequent weather changes, and exposure during travel are contributing to diseases in children.” They said.
Pediatrician Dr. Salim Johar has also said that the effects of very poor air quality in children visiting clinics/hospitals include difficulty in nausea, dizziness, burning eyes/ discharge, cough, asthma, fatigue, throat irritation, vomiting, headache, hearing issues, and skin irritations.
“There has also been a huge increase in such medical conditions. People with chronic respiratory diseases may also need hospitalization more often because ignoring symptoms can be fatal. Get yourself tested if you experience any symptoms such as difficulty breathing (if you have a respiratory disease), increased heart rate (if you have a heart condition), burning eyes, headache and fatigue,” They said.