Firecracker blasts injure 4 persons in Central Visayas

THE Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (Resu) of the Department of Health (DOH) 7 recorded a 63.6 percent decrease in firecracker-related injuries during the celebration of Christmas this year compared to 2018.

From the 11 recorded injuries in Central Visayas in 2018, Resu recorded only four injuries on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. Two of the injured were from Mandaue City, one from Talisay City in Cebu, and one from Lazi, Siquijor.

All of the four victims, aged five to 14, suffered burns without amputation. Three of them were male, and one was female. Three of these incidents happened at home while one incident occurred on the street.

Based on the Resu’s records, among the firecrackers used were kwitis, piccolo, hotdog, triangle and lantaca.

In December 2018, two persons suffered burns with amputation, while nine suffered burns without amputation. All of them were from Cebu.

The DOH 7 placed all public hospitals in Central Visayas under Code White starting on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Code White alert refers to the readiness of hospital manpower—general and orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, operating room nurses, ophthalmologists and otorhinolaryngologists—to respond to any emergency situation.

Also during the Code White alert, emergency service, nursing and administrative personnel residing in the hospital dormitory shall be placed on an on-call status for immediate deployment.

Dr. Shelbay Blanco, head of the DOH 7-Health Emergency Management Service, said in an earlier interview that the agency is hoping firecracker-related injuries would decrease this year.

The monitoring of the Resu will continue until New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2020, which falls on a Wednesday. (WBS)