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Firecracker injuries drop in New Year's tally

December 31 - January 6, 2017

MAASIN CITY - "Piccolo" refers to a musical instrument, a halfsized flute made famous in the 1700. But piccolo during the Christmas and New Year holidays would mean only one thing to many children and adults: a cheap, seemingly innocuous firecracker that provides a simple thrill. Piccolo is simple-to-use, and was available during holiday season in some stores and stalls in the public markets. The small and toxic firecracker is also the leading cause of injuries to children every year.

Based on provincial hospital records, at least three minors suffered blasting injuries because of the commonly used firecracker.

The two victims, both twelve years old, were treated at Sogod District Hospital; the other one was medicated at the Pintuyan District Hospital.

As the New Year emerged, records from the Southern Leyte Provincial Hospital showed that incidents of firecracker-related injuries in the province has been in a steady decline for the past few years.

Disease Surveillance Officer Joewill Napuli said in an interview, “We are happy there are fewer people affected by firecrackers this year.”

“Most of the injured had mild cases. So far, we have no reported amputations and severe injuries,” Napuli ended.

In a survey conducted, local respondents revealed that the reasons for the decline was because of the people’s inability to purchase more firecrackers and their knowledge of the dangers of using the prohibited firecrackers. (by Dahlia Abiera Orit)






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