A tragedy struck the neighborhood of San Pedro Sula, Honduras’ second largest city, in the past few hours after a child died while handling gunpowder.
According to local media, the minor was on his way to a store when in a split second he saw a handmade rocket on a street. Without realizing it, they claim a child under 9 took it out of their hands, but it was actually on.
in a matter of seconds, The device exploded near his chest, ending his life.As indicated by the family of the child identified as José Isa Cardona.
“We didn’t buy ammo, someone was burning the bikers (rockets)” when he came out and he never thought he was on”, his mother told local media without giving her name.
Following the above, the little boy’s body is taken to the Ministry of Public Forensic Medicine while his family collects funds to be able to exhume the body and bury it.
466 injured by gunpowder in Colombia
After the night of 24 December, the National Institute of Health (INS) reported that after Christmas Eve and Christmas celebrations, The number of people injured by gunpowder burns reached above the 400 barrier, with 68 victims of the disaster between 6:00 p.m. Saturday and this Sunday afternoon.
So, so far this December, 466 people have become victims of burns due to the illegal use of gunpowder, including 171 minors, of whom 15 were accompanied by adults under the influence of alcohol. However, during this year-end celebration of 2022-2023, there have still been no deaths from this type of injury.
Meanwhile, of the total number of people affected, it is indicated that 295 adults have suffered burns from handling these types of pyrotechnic elements, Out of which 119 were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. And although there is still a shortfall compared to last year’s figures, the numbers are still rising.
The latest INS report on the departments that recorded the most damage shows that Antioquia leads the way with 53 injured, followed by Bogotá with 50, Nariño with 31, Cauca with 28, Córdoba with 24 and Tolima. 22 have been injured.
In the report, Medical officials highlighted that 90% of all affected people suffered burns, while 61% had lacerations. In addition, it was indicated that 68% of people were injured when handling gunpowder, while 21% were injured when looking at explosives.
The INS also indicated which elements people were most burnt out on this year, Starting with Tote with 28%, Flyers at 18%, while Rockets and Volcanoes are at 7% each.
These 10 events at the end of the year are worth a trip to the emergency room
The Country Clinic and other health authorities in Bogotá have provided several recommendations to the public so that they know when is the right time to go to the emergency room.
- Exercise caution in food and drink, as family meals are held on the festivals of 24 and 31 December, food poisoning is the order of the day. It is important that people go to the emergency room only if there is dehydration, vomiting or bloody stools, high fever or diarrhea that lasts longer than three days.
- Consumption of adulterated liquor. When a person consumes unregulated alcoholic beverages, he or she may soon experience symptoms such as blurred vision, rapid heartbeat, cold and sweaty skin, headache, and vomiting. Suspecting that it is a poison with these characteristics, you should also immediately go to the emergency room.
- Burning sensation in vital areas of the body. Although gunpowder injuries are more common this year, people can also be injured from hot oil use or exposure to sunlight. The key is to ask whether the burn is on a part of the body such as the face, buttocks, legs, groin or any other part of the body.
- Fragile looking burns. A person should consult a doctor not only if there is a burn in a significant area of the body, but also if it comes to a burn, deep form or injuries caused by electricity and various kinds of chemical substances.
- Any traffic or domestic accident that caused a head injury with disfigurement, bleeding, impaired consciousness, or unconsciousness It also warrants an emergency consultation. Also, “if the person does not coordinate or speaks incoherently,” according to the Country Clinic.
- grievous hurt caused by a sharp weapon Injuries such as knives or sharp objects should be treated in the emergency room.
- The same goes for any kind of injury or wound caused by firearms. or blunt objects.
- If there was an accident that resulted in limb deformity, bone exposure, or a wound with active bleeding You should also see a doctor immediately.
- Any event that causes a person to severe joint pain
- any sudden weakness or loss of feeling and movement After flogging or whipping.