The festive zing of Navratri was marred by several incidents on the first day of the 10-day celebrations on Sunday. Even as people enthusiastically took part in Navratri programmes dancing to popular garba songs till late in the night, there were reports of hundreds of cases of illness or trauma due to various reasons related to the events surrounding the festival.
The data by EMRI 108 emergency services for just six hours between 6 pm and 12 midnight on Sunday indicated that the road traffic accidents (RTAs) rose by 21% compared to normal days. Across Gujarat, non-vehicular trauma cases increased from 134 to 148.
“Twin factors of Sunday night with the first night of Navratri festival could be the reason for the spike. Majority of other emergencies saw a downward trend. The factor of Navratri will be clearer in days to come with quantification of cases,” said an EMRI official.
According to the data of EMRI on the cases it attended to, there were at least 58 cardiac arrests reported in the state while 14 were from Ahmedabad alone. This apart, there were 19 cases of breathing problems in Ahmedabad, with 76 cases reported in the state. There were also 87 cases of high fever reported from across the state in the same period, while 18 were from the state capital. The other main drivers of unsavoury incidents were abdominal pain, vehicular and non-vehicular trauma and convulsions.