Firecracker-related injuries up despite campaign

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan 9 (PIA) — After the province of Pangasinan registered 193 cases of injuries for 2012, which is higher than the 111 injuries recorded at the end of 2011, the provincial health office (PHO) advised the public to stop the traditional revelry.

Christina C. Alcantara, health education promotion officer (HEPO), said eight out of the total injured needed amputation of the fingers.

Caution should be exercised if one cannot help joining the revelry, she said, adding that most of the injured were children aged 10 to 14, attributing such to lack of parental supervision.

“Their parents were not there to supervise them,” she said, noting that most of the children picked up firecrackers that had failed to ignite.

HEPO Dahlia F. Domantay advised revelers to clean up their surroundings after the revelry to prevent children from picking these.

Alcantara and Domantay were guests during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of the Philippine Information Agency aired over DZMQ Radyo ng Bayan on Tuesday.

Alcantara advised those injured who have not gone to seek medical help to do so now.

The PHO is still expecting the figure to go higher in the following days, she said. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1, Pangasinan)

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