DOH reports 4 more fireworks-related injuries

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported four more fireworks related injuries (FWRIs) in the National Capital Region (NCR), Western Visayas and Zamboanga.

The FWRIs were recorded by sentinel hospitals between 6 a.m. on Saturday until 5:59 a.m. on Sunday.

They involved six to 12-year-old boys who played with boga, kwitis and camara at home.

Three of them suffered from burns without amputation while one had an eye injury and underwent flushing of cornea for treatment.

They were given antibiotics, among others. Only one was given an anti-tetanus serum.

DOH said the recorded FWRIs starting Friday are 44 percent lower compared to the ones recorded during the same period last year.

To date, the breakdown of the FWRIs is: one from NCR, one from Region 3, two from Region 6 and one from Region 9.

Two out of the five cases were admitted in the hospitals while the other cases were sent home after treatment.

The health department began its fireworks-related injuries surveillance on Friday.

Under Executive Order 28, the use of firecrackers shall be confined to community fireworks display to minimize the risk of injuries and casualties.

DOH also warned the public against illegal fireworks such as Watusi, Piccolo, Atomic Triangle, Large Judas Belt, Large Bawang, Pillbox, Boga, Goddbye Philippines, Bin Laden, Mother Rockets, Lolo Thunder, Coke-in-Can, Kwitom, Atomic Bomb, Five Star, Pla-pla, Giant Whistle Bomb, Kabasi and other unlabeled and imported firecrackers. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency