The EMRI 108 emergency services in Gujarat recorded 2,258 emergencies related to vehicular accidents in three days – averaging 753 emergencies a day and 31 every hour, which translates into one every two minutes.
The data also says that while the roads were relatively empty in cities due to the festivities, highways saw relatively higher road accident cases.
Jashvant Prajapati, COO of EMRI Gujarat, said that the services handled total 12,806 emergencies in these days, with highest recorded on New Year at 4,475, which was 13% higher than normal.
Overall, the number of emergencies handled were 8% higher than normal.
Among the districts, Navsari, Dahod and Panchmahal recorded more than 15% spike compared to normal days, mentioned EMRI officials.
Across Gujarat, 69 cases of burns were reported, out of which 15 were from Surat and 12 from Ahmedabad. Physical assault cases were about 73% higher than normal during the three days of Diwali, New Year and Bhai Beej.
From November 10 to 15, the Civil Hospital recorded 9,000 OPDs cases and 3,000 emergency OPDs. Out of total, 1,400 patients were admitted, said officials. Dr Rakesh Joshi, medical superintendent of the hospital, said that out of total emergencies, 30 were related to burns due to firecrackers. Out of total, five needed admitting to the hospital whereas others were provided spot treatment.
“The staff also carried out 650 major and minor surgeries during the period,” he said.
Officials at the Sola Civil Hospital said between November 12 and 16, the hospital attended to 3,200 OPD patients, out of which 364 needed admission.
“Out of total, 15 were burns cases related to firecrackers, whereas four patients required surgeries,” said a senior official.