Over 100 fireworks-related injuries recorded few days before New Year

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  • Over 100 fireworks-related injuries are recorded by the Department of Health
  • 109 victims are male whose age ranged from 1 to 52 years old
  • Most of the cases were from the National Capital Region with 84 cases

Over 100 fireworks-related injuries were recorded by the Department of Health (DOH) few days before the New Year celebration.

In an article written by Isabel Doria of News Central, it was disclosed that the DOH cited figures which revealed that a total of 111 people have been injured by fireworks in the days leading to the New Year.

In DOH’s report, it was disclosed that for the period of December 21 to December 28, 86 of the victims sustained hand injuries while 11 had eye injuries. 109 victims were male; whose ages ranged from one to 52 years old.

Most of the recorded cases were from the National Capital Region; with 47 injuries — 14 of which were recorded in Manila, 12 in Quezon City, seven in Mandaluyong, three in Parañaque City, and three in Las Pinas, among others.

On the other hand, despite recording quite a big number of cases, the DOH-EB report stated that the number of cases decreased by at least 38 percent or 67 cases compared with the five-year (2010 to 2014) average; and 27 percent or 42 cases lower than what was recorded in the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the health department advised the public to wash the wounds immediately with clean running water until all visible dirt and gunpowder residue are removed.

After this, the patient must immediately be rushed to the nearest health facility for proper medical attention. Anti-tetanus shots should be administered to victims if necessary.

As of December 21, all DOH retained hospitals, regional offices and facilities nationwide are placed in a Code White Alert. The Code White Alert puts all hospital personnel on standby for deployment and augmentation as the need arises for additional medical and other services. The Code White Alert will be effective until January 5, 2016.

Here is the video of DOH’s anti-firecrackers campaign.