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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

 

‘Goodbye Philippines’ firecracker kills 1 in Nueva Vizcaya

by Ben Moses Ebreo

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, January 3 (PIA) -- A firecracker known as ‘Goodbye Philippines’ recently killed one person here, while six others were also injured due to various pyrotechnic-related incidents during the celebration of New Year in the province.

Dr. Napoleon Obania, Veterans Regional Hospital (VRH) assistant chief here, identified the victim as Ramel Pilada, 21, of Purok 5, Barangay Villa Coloma in Bagabag town. Pilada died yesterday after sustaining an internal injury.

Citing Pilada’s parents, Obania said the victim put a stone to cover the firecracker called ‘Goodbye Philippines’ and lighted it in the early morning of January 1 and exploded, causing the stone to break and hitting his stomach with a broken piece.

“He was hospitalized on that date but later died. His death is most likely caused by a ruptured liver, a blunt abdominal injury. There was a concussion on his stomach right where his liver is situated,” Obania explained.

Pilada’s death, he added, is like being punched with great strength causing severe injury on one’s internal organs.

Other injured victims of firecracker use were brothers Dominador, 39 and Rommel Soriano, 33, both from Solano town; Ernesto Baya, Jr., 7, and Paul Adrian Umali, 6, both from Dupax del Sur town; Reynante Reyes, 21 and Jayson Mawili, 4, both from Dupax del Norte town.

Obania said that aside from Pilada, the other victims only sustained minor injuries on their fingers, hands and arms.

He also called on all firecrackers victims who have not yet sought medical treatment to report to their respective Rural Health Units(RHUs).

“We must let our injuries be treated properly and well to avoid complications such as tetanus which can be fatal,” Obania stressed. (TCB/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)

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