THE Department of Health's (DOH) continued campaign on "Iwas Paputok Fireworks Display ang Patok" has proven to be a effective in bringing down the number of firecracker-related injuries during Christmas and New Year in Cordillera Autonomous Region.
DOH-Cordillera's monitoring,which started on December 21, 2017, have registered 22 cases of firecracker-related injuries in the region.
Clark Dizon, emergency management coordinator of the DOH–Cordillera reported Benguet had the highest with six, Kalinga and Apayao with four cases each, Baguio City with three, Abra and Ifugao with two cases, and Mt. Province having one.
"These injuries were caused mostly through the use of piccolo, while the other injuries recorded were due to the use of baby rockets, kwitis, fountains, missile, boga, five star, and others which are classified as illegal," said Dizon.
Of the 20 cases, two females were injured while 20 were males with seventeen considered as active users. The remaining injuries were considered as passive or those who were just watching the fireworks and were hit due to the explosions.
"The age group of injuries may be considered as similar to that of previous years. This year’s youngest injury recorded was six–years-old while the eldest was at 58–years–old, with the age group of 7-13 and 8-14 years old as the most recorded injuries," the health management coordinator explained.
Fortunately, all of the firecracker-related injuries did not fall under the amputated list but were treated for minor wounds, with only once case coming from Benguet who was admitted at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center for treatment and diagnosis.
"Although the cases recorded for this year is similar to that of last year, one thing good about this is that there were only few individuals who celebrated New Year by using firecrackers," Dizon noted.
The regional health department will continue to expand its information campaign on the effects of the use of firecrackers until January 5, 2018.