Decline in firecracker injuries noted

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

THE seemingly child-friendly piccolo was the main culprit of injuries posted in the Cordillera region, the Department of Health (DOH) reported.

DOH's Aksyon Paputok Injury Reduction (APIR) coordinator Elnoria Bugnosen reported some 30 injuries were recorded starting from the Christmas break to New Year's Eve with majority of injured burned by the supposedly child-friendly firecracker piccolo.

At least 18 of the 30 injuries were caused by piccolo while other injuries were caused by kwitis, plapla, improvised firecrackers and other unclassified fireworks.

Bugnosen reported compared to last year’s 54 injuries on New Year's Day, government and private hospitals only reported some 30 injuries from December 20 to January 1.

Baguio City topped the list of injured with 12 cases followed by Bangued, La Paz, Tayum and Bucay towns; Benguet with four injured in Mankayan, Itogon and Bakun towns; Ifugao with three injured in Lamut, Lagawe and Hingyon towns; two injured in Mt. Province in the towns of Sagada and Bontoc and one injured in Pudtol, Apayao.

Ages of those injured are between two years old to 46 years old with majority of patients are minors.

Two of the victims had their fingers amputated; several sustained injuries on the face and eyes while others sustained burns.

The DOH reported their recent APIR campaign has been successful with the reduced number of injuries but the health department said that this number is not yet final, stressing they will continue to monitor firecracker injuries until next week.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 03, 2014.

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