MANILA, Philippines – The number of individuals who sustained injuries after using firecrackers amid holiday revelries has climbed to 288, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Thursday.
The DOH said the firecracker-related injuries were recorded between December 21, 2019 and 5:59 a.m. of January 2, 2020.
The data released on Thursday was 124 more than the 164 cases reported by the department on Wednesday, January 1.
But the DOH said this figure is still lower by eight percent than the 313 cases recorded in the same period in 2018, and 57 percent lower compared to the five-year average of 664 cases.
The health department said most of the case were reported from the National Capital Region.
Most of the injuries were due to kwitis, fountain, luces, piccolo and triangle.
The DOH said victims are mostly male, between the ages of one and 71 years old, adding that injuries to the hand and eye were the most common among patients.
The department said it recorded no injuries due to stray bullet or firework ingestion during the holiday festivities.
The DOH earlier renewed its call for a total ban on all fireworks, noting that reported injuries were mostly caused by legal fireworks. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)