In occupied Kashmir, Trauma Congress 2017, a one-day event organised by the Government Medical College, naturally gravitated towards the havoc created by pellet ammunition and conflict-induced trauma in the territory.
The Congress was organised to deliberate upon the concepts and methods of managing trauma, including injuries inflicted by firearms, especially pellets, which have killed many and maimed thousands during and post last year’s uprising triggered by the killing of Hizb commander, Burhan Wani.
In fact, the cover design of the souvenir of the Congress featured pictures and X-ray images of the victims, among them Insha Mushtaq, a teenager who lost both her eyes after scores of pellets hit her face, and Zuha, a 4-year-old girl injured due to pellets.
The spine-chilling X-ray films and 3-D images showing pellets dotting inside the bodies and organs of victims also featured in the souvenir.
Underscoring the massive load of trauma victims on SMHS Hospital, the Congress was told that hospital’s Department of General Surgery received a total of 6,149 victims between July 9 and November 9, 2016. “The current upheaval in Kashmir has explored the new horizons of trauma and its management,” said Prof Mumtaz Din Wani, Department of Surgery, in his paper titled ‘Trauma – An overview of Recent Turmoil from SMHS Hospital’. The paper revealed that in four months of 2016 alone, 500 victims with abdominal trauma were treated at the hospital – 85 with bullet and 349 with pellet injuries. “The majority of the patients were in the 15-30 years age group,” it said.
Professor Shaukat A Jeelani, Head of Department of Surgery, focused on blast Injuries in his talk. “Blast injuries are a concern all over the world and our Valley has been facing this situation for the past 30 years,” he said, adding that blasts were a concern as they could affect the entire body and were quite lethal.—KMS