DOH reports significant drop in fireworks-related injuries in 2016

Friday, January 6th, 2017. Filed under: Holidays New Year's Day News Philippine News
In an "Iwas Paputok 2016 Hospital Rounds" press briefing at Valenzuela Medical Center, Karuhatan Road, Valenzuela City Friday (Dec. 30, 2016), Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo (right) announced that they have so far monitored 116 injuries as reported by the 50 sentinel hospitals as of 6 a.m. of December 30. Also in photo (left) are: Hospital Director Imelda Mateo and DOH Undersecretay Herminigildo Del Valle. (MNS photo)

In an “Iwas Paputok 2016 Hospital Rounds” press briefing at Valenzuela Medical Center, Karuhatan Road, Valenzuela City Friday (Dec. 30, 2016), Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo (right) announced that they have so far monitored 116 injuries as reported by the 50 sentinel hospitals as of 6 a.m. of December 30. Also in photo (left) are: Hospital Director Imelda Mateo and DOH Undersecretay Herminigildo Del Valle. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Jan. 1 (PNA) – The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday said that for the first time in the last 10 years of their continuous surveillance of fireworks-related injuries (FWRI) as of New Year’s Eve (December 31) revelries, more Filipino lives were spared from the deadly and injurious firecrackers this time around.

In a press briefing held at DOH media relations unit (MRU) in Tayuman, Sta. Cruz, Manila, Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial said that as of 6 a.m. of Jan. 1, 2017, a total of 350 fireworks-related injuries were recorded by DOH sentinel sites.

“This is 520 cases or 60 percent lower than the five-year (2011-2015) average and 524 or 60 percent lower compared to the same time period last year,” said Ubial.

Ubial said the “remarkable decline” seen in the last 10 years can be attributed to the collective campaign through the help of the media, officials from Philippine National Police (PNP) and cooperation of local government units on conduct of community fireworks display.

She also said that the perception and public knowledge that President Rodrigo R. Duterte is against the firecrackers has somehow affected the reception of the people on the use of firecrackers wherein some of them even became afraid to use them.

“There is this impression that those who will use firecrackers will be caught and punished by the President,” said Ubial.

The 60 percent reduction in the number of firecracker-related injuries covered the period of December 21, 2016 to 6 a.m. of January 1, 2017.

Though, she said that counting will continue and stop by January 5, still, there can still be some changes in the figures after.

“This is the lowest figure, but only as of January 1. The number of injuries will continue to be tallied until January 5,” she added.

Eighty-four percent of the cases are males. The youngest is two years old while the oldest is 71.

“Large majority of the cases are below 15 years old or 58 percent,” she said.

Blast without amputation was recorded at 83 percent.

She added eye injuries were high comprising about 18 percent.

The blast with amputation cases totaled to five among males.

Two of them were passive users — three and eight years old. While the other three were active users, ages six, 23, and 33.

“What is very sad is the case number 3, three years old from Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija on December 30… The case was passive meaning the child was just watching or a bystander and not using,” she said.

She added that it was so saddening that such child, very young, will live a disability for the rest of his life.

Total of passive users are 35 percent or 121 while active users is 65 percent.

She added that legal fireworks also caused injuries comprising 40 percent; unknown is 5 percent.

Some of the legal fireworks are kwitis, luces and fountains.

Illegal fireworks is still the highest cause of injuries.

 

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