By Charina Clarisse Echaluce
A day before 2017, the Department of Health has recorded 141 firecracker-related injuries nationwide.
As of 6:00 a.m. of Saturday, December 31, data from the DOH-Epidemiology Bureau showed the number of firecracker-related injuries rising to 141.
This is 79 cases or at least 36 percent lower than the five-year (2011–2015) average, and 73 cases or 34 percent lower than in the same period last year.
“One hundred eleven cases had blast injury without amputation… 90 injuries involved the hand” and 28 individuals had eye injuries, the report disclosed.
Most of the injuries were caused by two illegal pyrotechnics: piccolo (which injured 78 people) and boga or improvised cannon (which injured 14 individuals).
At least 52 percent of the cases were from the National Capital Region (73 injuries). In NCR, most of the firecracker-related injuries came from Manila, Quezon City and Mandaluyong City.
Majority of the victims were children and teenagers, the youngest so far being a three-year-old child.
The health department did not disclose the details on the youngest victim.
“Age ranged from three to 62 years old. One hundred nine [or 78 percent] were children less than 15 years old,” it was revealed.
2nd firecracker ingestion
The second case of firecracker ingestion in the country this year was also reported.
The DOH “Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction 2016 Report No. 10” reported that on Friday, December 30, “a four-year-old male from Navotas City was tricked by his brother to ingest a firecracker, Pop-pop.”
He was brought to the Tondo Medical Center.
The first case was a six-year-old boy from Cainta, Rizal, who accidentally placed a luces between his teeth.
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