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Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III inspects the critically injured hand of Erich Romano Tumpalan, 12, at the East Avenue Medical Center after the kid picked up an unexploded “pla-pla” firecracker while celebrating the New Year at their place in Sandigan Bayan Park in Quezon City. The firecracker immediately exploded after being picked by Tumapaan. There were only 191 firecracker-related injuries with 7 cases of amputation and one stray bullet case were recorded by the Department of Health and the Philippine National Police during the celebration of the New Year in the Philippines resulting to a 77% drop in firecracker-related injuries vs 5-year average. (PHOTO/ ALVIN KASIBAN)

Firecracker-related injuries drop by 68%

By Charina Clarisse Echaluce The number of firecracker-related injuries went down by 68 percent as the country celebrated the coming of the New Year. The…