The number of road accident-related cases that came in through the doors at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Guwahati during Durga Puja fell from 329, recorded last year, to 282 this year, with not a single death reported.
GMCH Principal Achyut Ch. Baishya on Wednesday informed that accident related cases had significantly come down this year during the festive fervour and attributed it to the people abiding by the rules and police enforcing the protocols strictly.
Speaking today, Baishya said, "During Durga Puja and Dussehra celebrations we usually see a lot of emergency cases most of which are road accident related. However, this year, the numbers were lower compared to previous years. We are happy with that."
He said, "This time, we were prepared. We had taken measures for emergency cases. Yesterday I was present here throughout the day and noticed that most of the cases that came through were other reasons and not accident related cases."
The GMCH Principal informed that on Saturday, out of 360 patients admitted to the emergency ward, only 52 cases were accident-related. The numbers rose to 64 out of 355 patients admitted to the emergency ward on the next day, that is, Sunday.
On Monday, the numbers went up significantly, even as the overall emergency cases went down. Of 341 patients admitted to the emergency ward, 80 cases were related to road accidents, informed Achyut Baishya.
However, on Tuesday, that is Dashami, a total of 465 emergency cases were registered out of which 86 were accident-related. On a day when more accidents are reported than usual due to immersion activities all around, the numbers were still lower compared to the previous year, added the GMCH Principal, expressing his pleasure.
He further informed that last year, as many as 13 casualties from road accident-related cases were reported during this time, while this year, not a single death from accidents took place.
He said, "When people abide by the rules and when the police strictly enforce the guidelines, such incidents automatically come down. It was good to see that the people have also become aware, and I hope the awareness also increases."
"Moreover, among all the patients admitted due to accident-related cases, we also witnessed a decline in critical care, ICU-related, or multi-trauma cases," added GMCH Principal Achyut Baishya.