Kid, teen are first firecracker victims of this years holiday season

An 11-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman were among the first victims of firecrackers this year, according to the Department of Health, which began monitoring firecrack-related injuries last Friday

An 11-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman were among the first victims of firecrackers this year, according to the Department of Health, which began monitoring firecrack-related injuries last Friday.

 

Sheila Crisostomo of the Philippine Star quotes assistant Health secretary Eric Tayag as saying the separate cases both suffered eye injuries. The boy, in Leyte, sustained corneal abrasions in both eyes. It is not known what type of firecracker caused the injury. "The teenager, on the other hand, suffered irritation conjunctivitis in the left eye after watching the fireworks display of University of Sto. Tomas the other night," the report said.

 

The DOH has been urging people to refrain from using firecrackers to greet Christmas and New Year. "Based on DOH records, there were 1,021 injuries from firecracker blasts, stray bullets and firecracker ingestion from Dec. 21, 2011 to Jan. 5, 2012. Four of them died from firecrackers and one from a stray bullet," the report said.

 

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