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On Divali night alone, nine people, including
two young girls, were admitted to the San Fer-
nando General Hospital for injuries caused by
So said medical director of the San Fernando
General Hospital, Dr Anand Chatoorgoon, in an
interview with the T&T Guardian yesterday.
"We had 11 patients come to emergency with
injuries from firecrackers and fireworks.
"One was a five-year-old girl from Couva, who
was brought in with burns on her neck and another
is a nine- year-old girl from Point Fortin who was
brought in with an eye injury," he said.
Chatoorgoon said both girls were treated and
Arjune Maraj, the man whose three fingers were
blown off by firecrackers, is in a stable condition,
"He lost his thumb, his index and his middle
finger but he is in stable condition right now. He
is undergoing plastic surgery and may need more
surgery in the coming weeks."
Chatoorgoon is appealing to members of the
public to refrain from using firecrackers or setting
He said Maraj's case was the worst case for this
Divali but added the continued use of fireworks to
celebrate different holidays may change that.
"People in this country love fireworks and fire-
crackers. In a few weeks we will celebrate Old Year's
and New Year's Day. I am hoping that people can
learn from these incidents now so this does not
continue and continue to worsen," he added.
Chatoorgoon said two patients also were treated
for dog bites after dogs became frantic with the
noise of fireworks and firecrackers.
"These fireworks affect everyone in so many
ways. It is something the public has to be very
mindful of," he added.
11 injured in South
by Divali fireworks
In the face of two confirmed cases
of swine flu and reports of other cases,
the public is being advised that there
is no need to panic.
The assurance came from medical
director of the San Fernando General
Hospital (SFGH), Dr Anand Chatoor-
goon, yesterday who played down the
spread of the virus.
He said there were no unique symp-
toms of the H1N1 virus (swine flu) which
is spread by droplets from an infected
"H1N1 is with us all the time. It is
not that we never have it. Every now
and again patients get infected with
"There are many types of influenza
and H1N1 is one. If we suspect someone
has pneumonia that is galloping unusu-
ally fast and getting severe that they
need to go on a ventilator, then we have
a high index of suspicion this could be
H1N1. So there is nothing specific about
H1N1," he added.
He said three patients, including the
two deceased---Cherrie Ryce who died
from H1N1 on October 16; Himraj
Mungroo, 60, of Quarry Road, Quarry
Village, who died earlier this month and
another case involving a security officer,
being treated---are all from south
Trinidad but did not indicate that the
virus was confined to any particular part
of the country.
He also confirmed that test results
done by the Caribbean Public Health
Agency (CARPHA) on swabs taken from
16-year-old Shannon Nashaud came
back negative for H1N1.
Autopsy results showed that Nashaud,
of Couva, died on November 2 from
pneumonia, one of the symptoms of
He said Mungroo presented with fever,
diarrhoea and developed breathing com-
plications but he got worse and died.
Chatoorgoon said there were varying
degrees of the flu, in that some people
have the mild form while others develop
the severe form.
He said if the immune system of
patients was compromised, "in that if
you are fat, diabetic, are on durgs, steroid,
have cancer, patients are more suscep-
tible and develop complications."
Chatoorgoon said the latest patient,
while still critical, was improving.
"I think his lungs are getting better,
although with ICU one can never tell,"
Don't panic over swine
flu deaths, says doctor
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