The number of firecracker-related injuries on New Year's eve continue to rise, as the latest figure hit 171, the Health department reported Tuesday morning.
"From 6p.m. [of Dec. 31] to 6a.m. [of Jan. 1], we have recorded 171 injuries from seven hospitals in Metro Manila," Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag told ANC Headlines.
"We are going to count more injuries until January 5 as people are still using firecrackers and [some of] those who got hurt have yet to go to hospitals," he added.
The 171 victims were rushed to the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, East Avenue Medical Center, Amang Rodriguez Medical Center, Philippine Orthopedic Center, Valenzuela Medical Center, Ospital ng Tondo and the Philippine General Hospital.
Tayag said the Health department will be releasing an updated figure of firecracker-related injuries by 1 p.m. today.