8 injured by firecrackers

LINGAYEN—So far, eight persons were already reported in two cities and five towns injured by firecrackers since Dec. 21 in Pangasinan or 167 percent higher than last year’s recorded over the same period.

Provincial Health Office’s Iwas Paputok Surveillance Unit under Dr. Anna de Guzman, provincial health officer, reported that as of Dec. 27, the youngest victim was three years old while the oldest was aged 70, both male.

The three-year old had blasting injury on his right eyebrow from a football bomb while the 70-year old victim had left eye injury caused by triangle firecracker. Both are passive victims.

Three victims of firecracker-related injuries were active meaning they caused their own injuries by lighting a kwitis.

The most commonly affected age group are within 10-14 and 20-24 years old.

The victims were brought separately to Manaoag Community Hospital, Mapandan Community Hospital, Bolinao Community Hospital and Western Pangasinan District Hospital. Three more passive victims were rushed to Urdaneta District Hospital and Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital.

The provincial government operates the hospitals.

The injured victims are from Alaminos City, Bolinao, Manaoag, Urdaneta City, Villasis, Sta. Maria and Tayug. (With PhilStar Wire Service) 

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