MANILA – The number of New Year-related injuries has breached the 1,000 mark, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday.
DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag said as of 6 a.m. of January 5, there have been a total of 1,018 revelry-related injuries: 997 firecracker injuries, 2 firecracker ingestion, and 19 stray bullet injuries.
Tayag said 376 or 38% of the firecracker injuries were due to the banned firecracker Piccolo.
The number of injuries recorded this year is higher than the 931 cases (904 firecracker injuries; 2 firecracker ingestion; and 25 stray bullet injuries) in the 2012 celebration, Tayag said.
Tayag said one firecracker victim, a 12-year-old boy from Quezon City, who was declared brain-dead after he and another playmate collected powder from firecrackers that did not explode during the New Year festivities.
The boys wanted to play with the firecrackers' powder when it suddenly exploded. The incident happened last Thursday, January 2.
Tayag said DOH Secretary Enrique Ona condoles with the family of the victim, whose kidneys were donated to someone in need of organ transplant.
"[The] 12 yo boy dies but 'lives' as family donates his kidneys; Sec Ona condoles w/ & praise family 4 this act of heroism & kindness #apir," Tayag said on Twitter.