18 injured by fireworks in Maputo during New Year celebrations
Posted Wednesday, January 2 2013 at 16:44
18 people sustained injuries from firework strikes during New Year festivities in Maputo, said a spokesperson for a hospital on Wednesday.
All the victims were treated in Maputo Central Hospital, according to the spokesperson for the health facility Raul Cossa.Cossa said that the situation is a matter of concern, because the number of fireworks injuries has increased compared to a year ago, when 12 cases were reported. They got injuries and burns to their faces, eyes and hands. In the most serious cases, doctors were forced to amputate fingers.
Cossa said the hospital is very concerned about the improper use of fireworks because plenty of warnings were issued by the interior ministry. "Unfortunately, we now have people whose hands will be damaged for life," he said. He also said that in the period between Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, a total 604 people sought treatment in the various units of Maputo Central Hospital, 412 of which were seen at the emergency section.