Firework injuries grow by 12

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Monday, December 23, 2013

MANILA -- A day after reporting a solitary injured reveler, the Department of Health (DOH), on Monday, disclosed that 13 firework-related injuries have already been recorded as of 6am.

Based on the 2013 Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction (Apir) Iwas Paputok Report No. 2, there are already 13 firework-related injuries recorded between December 21 to 23 (6 a.m.).

“The number of cases is higher than that of 2012, which had 12, during the similar period,” noted the DOH.

On Sunday, the DOH reported that only a nine-year old male from Balut, Tondo, Manila was the victim of the early New Year celebration.

There remains to be no reported case of firecracker ingestion as well as stray bullet injuries, according to the APIR report.

Majority of the injuries were again caused by Piccolo, which is considered as an illegal firecracker in the country.

“Seven injuries (54 percent) were caused by Piccolo,” said the DOH report.

One of the new cases is a five-year old male from the City of Manila, who received a wound in his index finger after using Piccolo.

On the other hand, a 51-year old male from Caloocan City still suffered blast/burn injuries in his face from an unknown firecracker despite just being a passive user, according to the DOH.

To note, among those declared illegal firecrackers along with atomic big triangulo and Super Lolo and their equivalent, Lolo Thunder, Bawang (large), Pla-pla, Watusi, Kwiton, Giant Whistle, Judas Belt (large), Og, Atomic Bomb, Goodbye Philippines, Piccolo, and Kabas. (HDT/Sunnex)

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