A burning problem

Measures need to be taken to minimize the incidence of priests being accidentally burnt

Fires probably cause the third largest number of fatalities in India, notes Dr Suhas Abhyankar, plastic and reconstructive surgeon and consultant at Masina Hospital’s Eric Kharas Burns Research Unit. And yet while cancer and other causes of death receive much publicity,  prevention of fires is a low priority. The doctor, who is treating 15-year-old Ervad Zahan Turel at Masina, spent an hour-and-a-half on November 8, 2020 at Parsiana’s request, discussing possible measures that fire temples could undertake to minimize priests being accidentally burnt. Zahan suffered 48.5% burns on his neck, chest, abdomen, upper arms, etc while tending to the fire......

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