Every 5th fire death in world is in India: Study
MUMBAI: With 27,027 deaths, every fifth fire-related death in the world in 2017 took place in India. Around 9 million fire incidents and 1.2 lakh deaths were recorded across the globe that year.
Of these incidents, India recorded 1.6 million fires and 27,027 deaths, according to a 195-nation analysis by Global Diseases Burden published in The BMJ Injury Prevention journal recently. The Indian deaths were 2.5 times the figures in China, where 10,836 people died in fires in 2017. India, along with seven countries, including Pakistan, accounted for over half the deaths due to fires. The study said kids under five and adults above 60 are the biggest fire victims — a trend seen in urban India as well.
Inadequate healthcare facilities add to fire deaths
Earlier, women made up for 80% of the fire victims in Mumbai, but now we have started seeing more senior citizens and children in burn wards,” divulged Dr S Keswani of Airoli Burns Centre in Navi Mumbai. This “epidemiological shift” is mainly due to societal changes such as increased longevity and financial independence among women. “Women have jobs, meaning children are either taken care of by elderly at home or at a creche,” he said. The study identified gender violence as a cause for the high death rate in India; it also cited a study from Karnataka that showed synthetic saris worn by women was a cause.
Inadequate healthcare facilities in India add to deaths due to fires. “Burns management needs manpower.
Six people are needed each time a burns patient has his or her bandages changed. But our public hospitals, where most victims go for treatment, have poor doctor/nurse-patient ratio,’’ added Dr Keswani.
The private sector rarely offers burns treatment as it needs heavy investment but doesn’t earn enough. In Mumbai, only two private hospitals have burns wards, but every public hospital has to treat burns even though only a handful have adequate facilities. A public hospital doctor said, “An ICU stay in the private sector could cost Rs 25,000-50,000. Burns patients need to stay in hospital for a long time, but the bill could be well over Rs 18 lakh a month. How many Indians can really afford that?’’ However, deaths due to fire, heat and hot substances have registered a drop in most countries, added the study. In India, deaths decreased by around 30% between 1990 and 2017.
Not surprised as every fifth person on this planet is an Indian !!
Laxman • 4 hours ago
whats the use of such studies? is the picture going to change ? will co ption which is the root cause go down ?
John Verghese• 3 hours ago
sir - In India this will not change and very soon every 4th person will be an Indian.
Amrit Bindra • Cleveland • 1 hour ago
So? Every fifth person also lives in India !
Sunil Haridas • 2 hours ago
Perfect. It's in line with India's population. Every 5 th person in the world is Indian
Simon Roger • earth • 3 hours ago
stupid study - what is the relevance ? india's population is 1.339 billion out of the world total of 7.8 billion or a little over 17%. it is a densely populated tropical country - what's new ??
Vasant • 3 hours ago