DOH: Revelry-related injuries up to 262

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

(Updated) WITH less than 24 hours before the New Year, the Department of Health (DOH) is expecting to accommodate 50 to 80 revelry-related injuries per hour starting Tuesday evening.

National Epidemiology Center head Dr. Enrique Tayag said they expect "50 to 80 fireworks-related injuries every hour" in the 12-hour period from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

He also said that as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, the revelry-related injuries had risen to 262, including 253 from fireworks.

Tayag said that as of 6 a.m., the DOH has recorded 262 revelry-related injuries, including 253 due to fireworks, one due to firework ingestion, and eight due to stray bullets.

Of the 253 fireworks-related injuries, 164 or 65 percent were due to piccolo.

In 2012, he said there were 207 revelry-related injuries, including 204 from fireworks, one from fireworks ingestion, and two from stray bullets.

Other top injury causes are unknown firecrackers (14), kwitis (12), and 5-star (9).

Victims of firecrackers were mostly males at 221 (87 percent) and that 79 (31 percent) were children that were less than 10 years old.

Among those injured, 194 (77 percent) were found to be active users while another 59 (23 percent) were determined to be passive users, or those not involved in the usage of firecrackers.

A total of 220 (87 percent) were blast injuries with no amputation while three (1 percent) needed to have their limbs amputated.

The latest amputee was an eight-year old male from Cebu, who had his right hand removed after using a rebentador and is now admitted at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.

Cases of fireworks ingestion remain at one while three new cases of stray bullet injuries were recorded to bring the total to eight.

One of the new cases involved a 40-year old female from Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City, who got hit by a stray bullet on her left thigh while simply standing at the door of the house.

Another case involved a 37-year old male from Rodriguez, Rizal, who had just gone out of his house when he got hit by a stray bullet on his right shoulder.

A 28-year old male from Marikina City was also hit by a stray bullet on his right leg while he was outside his house.

Most of the cases, or 127 (48 percent), happened in the National Capital Region (NCR) followed by Northern Mindanao with 19 (7 percent); Western Visayas with 18 (7 percent); and Central Visayas with 16 (6 percent).

In Metro Manila, 50 (39 percent) had come from the City of Manila; followed by Quezon City with 22 (17%); and Mandaluyong City with 11 (9 percent).

The DOH said there remains to be no death reported with less than 24 hours before the world bids goodbye to 2013. (JK/HDT/Sunnex)

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