Press Release/January 1, 2016 – The Department of Health reveals today the number of fireworks-related injuries during the New Year festivities last midnight. More Filipinos were spared of firework-related injuries as the country welcomed the New Year with fewer firecrackers in families’ homes, and the cooperation of some Local Government Units (LGUs) to organize public firework displays.
“We would like to extend our gratitude for the support of other national agencies, the local government, non-government organizations, and the media during the anti-firecracker campaigns. Every year, we see the things that we need to strengthen in order to achieve our goal, and eventually, we do hope that we will attain zero casualties from fireworks/firecrackers during the holidays.” Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin said.
As of 6:00 AM, January 1, 2016, a total of 384 fireworks-related injuries were recorded by DOH sentinel sites. This is 506 cases (57%) lower than the five-year (2010-2014) average and 430 (53%) lower compared to the same time period last year. Of the total 384 cases, 380 were from fireworks/firecrackers, 4 from stray bullets, and no case of fireworks/firecrackers ingestion.
Two hundred nineteen (219) out of three hundred eighty (380) injuries were caused by Piccolo, a prohibited firecracker in the country. Other firecrackers causing injuries were from 5 star (4%), Kwitis (9%), Luces (4%), and other unknown firecrackers (5%).
Most fireworks-related injuries came from the National Capital Region (NCR) with 243 cases (63%), followed by Region 5 with 31 cases (8%), and Region 4A with 27 cases (7%). In NCR, most cases were from Manila with 73 out of 243 cases (30%), 46 cases (19%) were from Quezon City and 28 (12%) cases from Marikina. Majority of cases, are less than 14 years old (64%).
“Lalo na at umulan kagabi, nais naming pakiusapan lalo na ang mga bata na huwag mamulot ng paputok na nagkalat sa kalsada. Siguraduhin din na pumunta sa ospital kung ikaw ay nagkasugat ng dahil sa paputok, maliit man o malaki ang sugat na iyong nakuha, dapat pa rin itong lapatan ng tamang gamot. Ang tetano ay nakamamatay, at ito ay nakukuha sa sugat na nanggagaling mula sa paputok.” Garin explained.
The health chief added that it is the responsibility of adults, especially parents or guardians to make sure that after the festivities, their surroundings must be cleaned up immediately so that children will not be tempted to pick-up firecrackers on the streets.
“Ngayong 2016, bigyan natin ng magandang simula ang ating pamilya. Lahat tayo ay may papel na dapat gampanan upang huwag maging pasaway at maiwasan ang disgrasya. Hangand ng DOH na magkaroon tayo ng isang malusog at manigong Bagong Taon.” Garin concluded.