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DOH: Fireworks victims hit 500 mark

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The number of people injured due to firecrackers continued to increase days after the New Year celebration, with 114 fresh cases recently recorded, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.

DOH’s bulletin logged from 6 a.m. of January 2 to 5:59 a.m. of January 3 showed that the ages of the latest victims ranged from 10 months to 77, with a median age of 18.

This means that the new batch recorded the youngest and the oldest victims due to fireworks, so far.

The 10-month old baby was a boy from the National Capital Region (NCR) whose right eye was injured by a legal firework “kwitis,” lit by another person inside the house.

Meanwhile, the 77-year-old male from Ilocos Region was burnt by a legal firework “whistle bomb” which was also lit by someone else at home.

Ninety seven percent of the new cases occurred at home and along the streets. Legal fireworks were also used by 59 of them.

DOH said only 10 individuals were hospitalized due to their injuries.

Overall, there are now 557 injuries recorded in the recent holiday season. Most of them or 555 cases were due to fireworks, one was due to “watusi” ingestion, and one was due to a stray bullet.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) earlier reported that two persons were killed due to firecracker and stray bullet incidents after the celebration of New Year 2024.

DOH said more than half of cases (306) came from the NCR, followed by Ilocos Region with 55 cases, Central Luzon with 42 cases, and Calabarzon with 39 cases.

The fireworks that caused most injuries were kwitis, 5-star, pla-pla, boga, whistle bomb, luces, and fountain.—AOL, GMA Integrated News

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