DOH reports fewer firecracker injuries

SIXTEEN individuals are set to welcome 2021 with firecracker-related injuries while another was injured by a stray bullet.

From 6 a.m. of December 21, 2020 to 5:59 a.m. Thursday, December 31, the Department of Health (DOH) recorded 17 injuries related to the New Year celebrations.

The number is 58 cases, or 77 percent, lower than the injuries for the same period in 2019.

Of the 17, three cases were reported by the sentinel hospitals in just the last 24 hours.

Around half of the firecracker-related injuries were in Metro Manila and Bicol Region, with four each, followed by Western Visayas with 3 and Central Visayas with 2.

Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Davao Region, and Socsksargen each registered one case.

Nine sustained blast or burn injuries from firecrackers, while seven had eye injuries.

Nine of those injured were active users while the other seven were passive users, or those who weren't directly using the firecracker.

Twelve injuries occurred at home while four others took place in the streets.

The five-star caused the most number of injuries at 4, followed by boga with 3 and kwitis with 2. (HDT / SunStar Philippines)

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