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Rainbow Children’s hospital launched a 24 hour Diwali helpline to ensure immediate consultancy during this festive season. In the wake of an increasing number of firecracker-led burns and injuries reported in the city, especially amongst children, the Emergency Services Unit of the hospital announced two helpline numbers which will give round the clock assistance for parents seeking help for their children.
“80 per cent of the fire injuries reported in children are usually worsened by the time they are brought to the hospital, either due to mishandling of the wounds or purely due to the delay in initiating the right medical intervention. We also have noticed a surge in respiratory ailments during this festive season. A helpline number will be our humble effort to help children recover from burn injuries by equipping the parents with immediate first aid measures to be taken basis the first symptoms, before bringing them to the nearest hospital,” said Dr Rakshay Shetty ( Head, Pediatric Intensive Care Services, Bangalore).
With the festival of lights round the corner, the city is usually strewn with firecrackers of all sorts. However, most of them do not even meet the safety and quality standards and are therefore dangerous for children to handle on their own, without adult supervision. The improper usage of many of these firecrackers, which are usually bought in bulk in every house, sometimes resulting moderate to fatal injuries among children. Toxic fumes released from fire crackers can result in worsening of various chronic respiratory disorders like asthma.
Mr. Neeraj Lal, Cluster Head and Vice President of Rainbow, Bangalore said, “Children are the most vulnerable section of the population, especially when it comes to suffering from air pollution caused due to suspended particles and toxins. It is therefore extremely important for parents to keep themselves informed of the preventive measures to be taken to avert any unforeseen incidents and seek timely medical intervention to ensure their children are safe.”