Safer Holi this year in Mumbai as only 4 admitted in civic hospitals

Mar 18, 2014, 07:28 IST | Anuradha Varanasi

Most of the patients were treated at out-patient departments for minor cuts and abrasions

This year’s Holi revelries were relatively harmless, with only four patients needing admission to civic-run hospitals across the city after celebrations on Monday.

Yogesh Jangam (23) injured his finger after he slipped and fell on his arm while dancing in Holi celebrations
Yogesh Jangam (23) injured his finger after he slipped and fell on his arm while dancing in Holi celebrations

Doctors at hospitals said that most patients were treated at the out-patient departments (OPD) for minor abrasions and injuries, with no major eye injuries being reported to have been caused by colours or water balloons.

Speaking to mid-day, Dr Avinash Supe, dean of Sion Hospital, said, “We had one patient, Sonu Singh (18) admitted due to bhang ingestion. While his condition is stable, two other patients ,Angel Jangel (7) and Ganesh Chavan (28), suffered from eye irritation from colours, and were discharged after treatment.”

Meanwhile, Parel’s KEM Hospital treated 10-12 patients in the orthopaedic department with minor injuries ranging from abrasions, cuts and sprains following Holi celebrations. The ophthalmic department also treated around 10 patients for minor eye irritations on an OPD basis.

“A male patient (28) fractured his left arm after falling from his bike after celebrating with a few friends. He’s been admitted in the ward and will require surgery,” said a doctor. Mumbai Central’s Nair Hospital treated four patients with minor abrasions in the casualty section.

“The patients didn’t need to be admitted and this year the cases were minor. There were no cases of eye injuries caused by balloons either,” said Dr N Bharmal, dean of the civic-run hospital. State-run JJ Hospital treated also four patients with lacerated wounds who were later given a discharge, and three more with minor eye irritation caused by gulaal.

“The four patients’ wounds were sutured and the others were given a discharge shortly after treatment, as their condition was stable,” said Dr T P Lahane, dean of the Byculla Hospital. Last year, one person was killed and seven others injured during Holi after a yellow powder was thrown at them on a Thane-bound train. All eight of them fell from the crowded train after the attack.

>> One admitted for bhang ingestion, two for eye irritation and one with a fractured arm
>> One person was killed and seven were injured on Holi last year

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