BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 8 (PIA) -- The Department of Health–Cordillera Regional Office recorded 25 firecracker – related injuries from 21 December 2017 to 05 January 2018.
Based on the monitoring report of DOH–CAR Regional Health Emergency Cluster headed by Dr. Jennifer Joyce Pira, of the 25 victims of firecracker related incidents, 20 were active users (injured while lighting or holding a firecracker) while five were passive users (watchers or just passing by).
The illegal firecracker “Piccolo” caused blast injury to six persons, followed by the flying type “Kwitis with five. Three were injured while lighting a fountain and two while lighting a “lusis”. The others were injured by other types of firecrackers and pyrotechnics.
Abra, Apayao, and Benguet had five cases each; Kalinga had four, Ifugao with two, and Mountain Province had one. Baguio City recorded three cases.
Per demographics, 23 of the victims were male and 15 were children (18 and below). The youngest victim was a six year- old boy from Bangued, Abra who suffered burn injury from a fountain. The eldest was a 58 year-old man from Luna, Apayao who sustained burn injury from “kwitis”.
At the national level, the DOH declared 191 firecracker related injuries (as of January 1), a 68 percent decrease compared to the same period last year.
The DOH credited the strong cooperation of local government units and other national government agencies in the “IwasPaputok” campaign for the reduction of the number of injuries.
The Health Department also expressed its gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for passing Executive Order No. 28 which further strengthened the regulation and control of the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.
Carlito Dar (JDP/CCD-PIA–CAR)