A day before New Year’s eve: Health dept records 116 injuries from firecrackers, more than half from NCR

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) reported Friday a total of 116 firecracker-related injuries since Dec. 21, with more than half occurring in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The figure is 88 cases or 43 percent lower than the five-year average from 2011 to 2015, and 71 cases or 38 percent lower than the same period last year, the department said.

Again, the NCR ranked first among the regions with 63 cases (54 percent). In the region, Manila remained at the top of the list, registering 27 cases, followed by Quezon City with 18. Although it did not record a new injury since the previous day, Mandaluyong City was still third in the list with five.

Some 108 of the figure are males, while 74 are aged 15 and below. Of the 116, 76 sustained injuries to their hands, while 21 suffered eye injuries.

As in last year, the ‘piccolo’ is still the number one cause of the injuries, with 69 percent of those taken to hospitals for firecracker-related injuries, admitting to using the illegal firecracker. PNA-northboundasia.com