MANILA, Philippines – Department of Health reported 23 new firecracker related injuries on Wednesday, bringing a total number of 75 cases as New Year approaches.
According to the latest surveillance report from the DOH, the recent cases of fireworks injuries happened both at home and on the streets. The report, covering the period from 6 a.m. on December 26 to 5:59 a.m. on December 27, mentioned that 14 individuals were using illegal fireworks.
The age range of the victims varied from 6 to 55, with a median age of 12, and the majority of those affected were males. Out of the total of 75 fireworks-related injuries, six out of ten cases originated from the National Capital Region (30 cases), followed by Central Luzon with nine cases and the Ilocos Region with six cases.
Furthermore, 96% of these incidents occurred at home and on the streets, predominantly involving males who were actively engaged in the use of fireworks.
Illegal fireworks were also to blame for about six out of every 10 cases.
“Ninety six percent happened at home and in the streets, mostly by males with active involvement. Illegal fireworks are to blame for about six out of every ten cases,” DOH said.
The new cases include two new amputations, both involving the illegal Pla-pla lit by male teenagers who lost their fingers.
“Fireworks are not toys. They may be nice to see, but are deadly to hold. Parents should give the gift of complete hands and fingers to their children,” DOH added.
“They may be nice to look at, but they are lethal to hold. Parents should give their children the gift of complete hands and fingers. Fathers and older brothers should set an example for the young men in their family,” the DOH urged parents to supervise their children.