First firecracker victim recorded-A A +A
Sunday, December 22, 2013
FIRST firework-related injury has been recorded on the first 24 hours of the "2013 Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction" (APIR) program of the Department of Health (DOH).
Based on the APIR Iwas Paputok Report Number 1, only one case of fireworks-related injury reported from 6 a.m. of December 21 to 6 a.m. of December 22.
“This is six (86 percent) cases lower than the same period last year,” said the DOH – National Epidemiology Center (NEC).
So far, there has been no reported case of firecracker ingestion as well as stray bullet injuries, added the DOH.
According to the NEC, the nine-year old male victim sustained a blast injury on his right thumb and index finger after using piccolo last Saturday.
It reported that the victim was already treated at the Tondo Medical Center in Manila and was already discharged after being given antibiotic and anti-tetanus injections.
Over the past two years, the total number of New Year injuries has been on a down swing with 1,021 cases in welcoming 2012 to 931 injuries when 2013 was ushered in.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona had already expressed hopes that the country will continue the trend and will only record less than 900 injuries this year. (HDT/Sunnex)