High tension electrical burn injuries increasing in U’khand: Expert
Four out of every five burn victims are either women or children.
Burns and plastic surgeon, Dr Harish Ghildiyal has expressed concern on increasing number of people with high tension electrical burn injuries in Uttarakhand. Addressing media persons here on Monday, Dr Ghildiyal said that in last two years, he has treated 20 patients who sustained burn injuries due to high tension electrical wires. “ Out of these 20 patients, seven have lost their limbs, while two died. Out of seven whose limbs had to amputated, four were children,’’ he said.
Sharing the case history of recently treated two such children, he said that 11 year old Anushka a resident of Jakholi block of Rudraprayag district was playing on terrace when she came into contact of a high tension electrical line and got severe burn injuries over her right hand, arm and lower abdomen. “On her arrival we immediately did fasciotomy operation to save her right upper limb but within few days her hand had to be amputated as gangrene had spread, we managed to save a stump of arm so that in future some prosthetic arm can get attached over it. To cover deep burn injuries on lower abdomen tissues from her right thigh were transferred using micro surgical techniques,’’ he said. The plastic surgeon also recounted a similar case of a seven year old child, a resident of Village Malhan on Shimla Bye pass road. The doctor added that when someone comes in contact with a high tension wire 1100 volts of electricity passes through his body which cause severe burn injuries.
He said that in India over 70 lakh cases of burn injuries are reported every year out of which 1.45 lakh peope die while 2.5 lakh face permanent disability. Dr Ghildiyal informed that four out of every five burn victims are either women or children.
Dr Ghildiyal appealed that common people should remain careful and vigilant to maintain a distance from high tension lines.
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 | PNS | Dehradun