NEGROS Occidental has 63 firecracker-related injuries from December 21, 2022 up to January 3, 2023, records from the Provincial Health Office showed.
Of the figure, 16 of the cases happened during the New Year's celebration.
Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang attributed the cases to the loopholes in the regulation of selling of firecrackers, which contributed to the high injury rate in Negros Occidental during the holidays.
Tumimbang said there may be a problem with the implementation and regulation of the selling and use of firecrackers.
"I don't know if all the firecrackers being sold are allowed or regulated. There may be firecrackers sold without the knowledge of the authorities that caused the injuries, " he pointed out.
Tumimbang also said that there is a need to look at the regulations on the selling of firecrackers.
The regulations should be strictly implemented, he added.
He also said that the health aspect just focuses on treating the injuries. "We are also helping in the advocacy," he added.
Of the injuries, 42 victims were said to have lighted the firecrackers while 21 were considered passive cases.
Data from the PHO also showed that the victims were aged one to 50 years old.
But most of the victims were children, aged one to 10 years old, comprising 42.9 percent of the total number of cases.
Meanwhile, the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office reported 17 cases of firecracker injuries.
These were in Talisay City with five, two each in Silay City, Cadiz City and Candoni, and one each in Pontevedra, Bago City, San Carlos City, San Enrique, EB Magalona and Escalante City.*