PIA Press Release
Monday, January 02, 2012
Firecracker related cases in Capiz downby Alex A. Lumaque
ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Jan. 2 (PIA) -– Only 13 firecracker and “boga” – related injuries have been recorded in Capiz from Dec. 21 to Jan. 1 in view of the Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations.
“The figure is approximately 50 percent less than the 24 firecracker-related injuries in 2010,” according to Provincial Health Office (PHO) – Capiz Public Information Officer Joeffry M. Espiritu.
Espiritu noted that all of the victims were only brought to the public hospitals for first aid medication except for a blast burn victim who was admitted at the Roxas Memorial Provincial hospital here.
“A six year old boy is the youngest victim due to a piccolo blast while a 41-year old male who was hit by a skyrocket (kwitis) is the oldest victim,” he added.
Boga, also known as a PVC cannon, topped the list of injury-causing noisemakers in the Capiz with four cases recorded. The device is widely used in the province, despite being banned.
“Most of the victims suffered blast burn and eye injuries,” Espiritu stressed.
Roxas City and Mambusao have four and three cases of firecracker-related injuries, respectively, while the towns of Dao, Pilar, Dumarao, Jamindan, Pontevedra and Panit-an have one victim each.
The PHO’s monitoring of firecracker – related injuries will be until Jan. 5. However, surveillance for possible cases of tetanus out of the firecracker victims will be until Jan. 21 this year.
It was noted that injuries due to firecrackers in the province in 2009 and 2008 were 30 and 32 cases, respectively, which only covered those victims who were brought to the hospitals for treatment. (JCM/AAL/PIA 6 Capiz)