Boy, 7, loses fingers after firecracker blast

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy from General Trias, Cavite lost two of his fingers after a firecracker explosion ahead of the New Year's Eve celebration.

As of 5:59 a.m. Thursday, December 26, the Department of Health said firecracker-related injuries have increased to 19, including the boy.

"He was an active user injured by an unknown firework on December 24 and sought consultation at UP-PGH the same day," the Fireworks-Related Injury Surveillance 2019 Report stated.

"He was diagnosed (with) mangled left hand secondary to blast injury. His left ring and small fingers were amputated," it added.

The 19 firecracker-related injuries from December 21 to 26, however, are lower than in 2018.

"This is 11 (37%) cases lower compared to 2018," said the DOH.

All 19 were injuries caused by firecrackers, including the 11 blast/burn not requiring amputation, and seven eye injuries.

The regions with the most number of cases came from the National Capital Region, 4; Ilocos Region, 3; and Calabarzon, 3.

Firecracker or fireworks involved in the injuries are boga, 4; luces, 3; and unknown firecracker, 3.

Aside from boga, other illegal firecrackers that caused injuries are five-star, bamboo cannon, mini bomb, piccolo, and whistle bomb. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)