PH welcomes 2022 with 11% fewer fireworks-related injuries

PH welcomes 2022 with 11% fewer fireworks-related injuries

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (PNA photo)

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) reported a safer New Year celebration for Filipinos as there were only 85 fireworks-related injuries (FWRIs) as of 6 a.m. Saturday, 11 percent lower than the 2021 tally of 96.

The tally is likewise 75 percent lower than the average 336 FWRIs in the last five years.

“Ngunit ang mga bilang ng kaso ay maaaring tumaas sa mga susunod na araw dahil sa mga huling reports at consultations (But the number of cases may increase in the coming days due to late reports and consultations),” DOH Francisco Duque III said during a press briefing at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City.

The DOH data showed 36 percent of the injuries are at the National Capital Region (NCR), followed by Region 6 (Western Visayas) at 15 percent, and Region 1 (Ilocos Region) at 13 percent.

Sixty-four cases or 75 percent of the 85 total involved males aged 2 to 56 years.

Ten cases or 12 percent suffered blast or burn injuries requiring amputation, 52 or 61 percent had blast or burn injuries not requiring amputation, 25 or 29 percent had eye injuries, and other cases sustained multiple types of injuries.

There were no reports yet of fireworks ingestion, stray bullet injury or death.

“Karamihan ng mga nasugatan ay mga passing or bystanders lamang sa 58 percent. Nasa 38 percent ng mga kaso ay mula sa mga ipinagbabawal na paputok at nangunguna dito ang boga (bamboo cannon), kasunod ang Five Star at Piccolo (Most of the cases were passing or bystanders only at 58 percent. Cases due to illegal fireworks are at 38 percent and first on the list is boga, followed by Five Star and Piccolo),” Duque said. (PNA)ai/mtvn

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