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Friday, December 10, 2010

Most victims of firecracker blasts in Western Visayas are children, says DOH

PIA Press Release
2010/12/09

Most victims of firecracker blasts in Western Visayas are children, says DOH

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (9 December) -- Majority of the injuries caused by firecrackers during the holidays in Western Visayas, were children said Dr. Sophia S. Pulmones of the Department of Health, Region 6.

Dr. Pulmones, head of the local health support division of DOH 6 said that DOH is now using advocacy by fear as shown by their posters depicting gory pictures of mutilated hands and fingers, blasted eyes and other parts of the body, "so that the public should know the ill effects of firecrackers to our health".

Pulmones said that the age the firecracker victims in the past ranged from ten years old and below, followed by 11 to 20 years old, and 21 to 60 years old.

Majority of the cases in Western Visayas were blasts or burns with no amputation which accounted 76 percent; blast or burn with amputation- 10 % and 10 % also for eye injury, Pulmones said.

For the number of injuries according to gender, males account 93% and only 7 percent were females.

The top five injury-causing firecrackers are piccolo- 30%; kwitis- 14%; luces- 7%; 5 star- 6% and pla-pla- 5 percent.

Dr. Pulmones said that this year's objective is to protect children from fireworks-related injuries and deaths through strict enforcement of the ban on minors to manufacture, sell, purchase and use all firecrackers/fireworks. (PIA6)

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