2012 New Year celebration the "deadliest" in 20 years with 1,004 victims, says DOH

Interaksyon.com reports that from December 21, 2011 to January 5, 2012, the Department of Health (DOH) "recorded from 50 sentinel hospitals, a total of 1,004 firecracker and stray-bullet related injuries."

Interaksyon.com reports that from December 21, 2011 to January 5, 2012, the Department of Health (DOH) "recorded from 50 sentinel hospitals, a total of 1,004 firecracker and stray-bullet related injuries."

 

Interaksyon. com quoted DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag, director of the agency’s National Epidemiology Center, who told reporters on Thursday, January 5: "This year is the deadliest of all the years that the DOH has monitored injuries every year. We did not expect deaths from the firecracker injuries, rather just amputations and blast."

 

Indeed, the New Year victims tally includes four fatalities: two children, a pregnant woman, and a young man. The report went on to point out: "Out of the said figure, 970 were fireworks-related injuries; 29 were stray-bullet injuries, and five were casualties caused by firecracker ingestion."

 

The report noted: "The first fatality, a 10-year-old boy from Nueva Ecija’s Cabanatuan City, died after a can of fireworks powder exploded on him. The next victim was a four-month-old baby boy from Bacolod City who died of sepsis after he was accidentally hit in his left eye by a boga (which is described as ’a homemade firecracker’). The third was a 21-year-old man from Nueva Ecija who also died due to sepsis after he suffered from severe abdominal injuries caused by a powerful blast of a giant firecracker called Goodbye Philippines.  The fourth fatality, a 20-year-old pregnant woman from Sulu province was hit by a stray-bullet in the head while watching television inside her home last December 31."

 

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