Health dept. records another 3 cases of firecracker injuries on Dec. 22

Three firecracker-related injuries were recorded on Dec. 22, bringing the total to six since Dec. 21, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Friday.

The three new cases were a six-year-old boy from Cainta, Rizal, a 14-year-old from Iloilo, and a 15-year-old from Manila.

The boy ingested a firecracker when he placed a 'luces' between his teeth, according to hospital records. However, because he did not exhibit any abnormal reaction, he was advised to go home, brush his teeth and gargle.

The 14-year-old from IloIlo, who sustained injuries in both eyes due to a 'bogo', an improvised canon, was being treated at the Western Visayas Medical Center.

Meanwhile, the 15-year-old from Manila suffered superficial lacerations on a finger due to a 'piccolo' and was being treated at the Ospital ng Maynila.

Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Rosell-Ubial said the three new cases were recorded in the Action Paputok Injury Reduction Report (APIR) obtained from DOH Sentinel Hospitals.

Three cases were logged on December 21.

Meanwhile, the DOH continued its appeal to the public and local government units (LGUs) to ensure a safe celebration of the holidays by welcoming the New Year with noise-making implements instead of lighting firecrackers.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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