DOH 13 reports 9 firecrackers injuries, hospitals under Code White Alert

December 27, 2012 11:32 am 

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 27 — The Department of Health-13 (DOH-13) reported a total of nine firecrackers injuries in the region, all of whom are children.

The DOH-13 has also placed all government hospitals were placed under Code White Alert to cope with the expected injuries due to firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

Sunshine Alipayo, DOH-13 information officer, said three of the firecrackers injuries were reported from Surigao del Norte, five from Agusan del Sur and one from Butuan City.

Alipayo said the ages of those injured range from five to 13 years old.

She said eight of the injuries were caused by piccolo and one by "bawang" which are both banned under RA 7183 or act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

Alipayo also said that the extent of the victims injuries are blastings, burns and lacerations. Seven of those injured are active cases (or that the victims themselves set off the explosives) and two are passive.

With these injuries despite the DOH massive campaign against firecrackers use, both the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the DOH appealed to the public to be responsible in reveling during the New Year and to avoid the illegal, oversized and other harmful firecrackers. (PNA)

FFC/NOEL B. NAJARRO/RSM

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