DOH recorded 55 firecracker-related injuries as of December 26

December 27, 2015 10:28 am 

MANILA, Dec. 26 –The Department of Health (DOH) recorded Saturday a total of 55 firecracker-related injuries on its fifth day of surveillance from its sentinel hospitals(December 26).

Surveillance started from 12 a.m. of Dec. 21 and will end by Jan. 5, 2016.

According to the firecracker-related injury surveillance of the DOH-Epidemiology Bureau (DOH-EB) the number was however lower by 67 cases, or 55 percent from the five-year average (2010-2014).

Also, in comparison to the same period last year wherein the total number of cases on the same period was recorded at 108, the number is lower by 53 cases.

Out of that total number, a 34-year-old male from Bayambang, Pangasinan suffered from a stray bullet during a drinking spree in his residence in Bayambang, Pangasinan.

The patient was admitted and currently staying at at Region I Medical Center.

Meanwhile, most of the cases were from the National Capital Region (NCR) wherein a total of 16 cases were recorded.

From that sixteen cases, 5 cases were from Quezon City; 4 in Manila; 2 each from Caloocan and Pateros; and one each from Mandaluyong, Marikina and Paranaque City.

Of the 54 cases, 48 were males and ages ranging from six years old to 52 years old.

41 cases or 76 percent of the cases suffered hand injuries.

Six of 11 percent got eye injuries.

85 percent of the injured were active igniters or those who have history of igniting firecrackers in the past.

About thirty nine or 72 percent were caused by Piccolo, an illegal firecracker which was recorded in the past years as the culprit in the recorded firecracker-related injuries.

In the same report, the DOH once more called on the public particularly those who are possessing guns not to use them without discretion citing that those who have guns should be responsible in using them and think of the lives of other people that they can damage if they will be resorting to indiscriminate firing. (PNA)

RMA/LSJ

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