Wed. May 19th, 2021
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The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported a total of 50 revelry-related injuries from Dec. 21, 2020 to Jan. 1, 2021, with no cases of firework ingestion and deaths, reflecting an 85-percent decrease compared to the five-year average (2015-2019).

Of the 50 injuries, 49 were fireworks-related injuries and one was a stray bullet injury. This is 85-percent lower than the 340 total cases reported last year.

Of the total cases nationwide, the National Capital Region (NCR) reported the highest number (22 cases), followed by Calabarzon (five cases), and Ilocos Region, Bicol, and Western Visayas (four each). In NCR, Manila had the most number of injuries (12 cases), followed by Caloocan (four cases), Pasig and Quezon City (two cases each), and Malabon and Marikina (one case each). Overall, NCR registered an 88 percent decrease in the number of injuries compared to the previous year.

Ages of injuries ranged from four to 53 years old wherein the most affected age group is between 10 to 14 years old. Majority of the injuries were males (71 percent) and mostly with passive involvement. Most injuries occurred equally in the streets and inside homes (49 percent each), while one injury happened in a neighbor’s house.

The top anatomical sites of injuries were the eye (33 percent), hand (24 percent), forearm/arm (16 percent), head (12 percent), and neck (10 percent). Majority of the injuries were blast injuries not requiring amputation (67 percent), while 2 percent were blast injuries requiring amputation.Top fireworks causing injuries were kwitis (29 percent), boga (8 percent), 5-Star (8 percent), fountain (8 percent), and triangle (8 percent). Legal fireworks caused 55 percent of all injuries while illegal fireworks at 37 percent. Let us be reminded that fireworks, whether legal or illegal, are still dangerous not only to our safety but also to the environment. SOVEREIGNPH

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