Firecracker-related injuries now over a hundred: DOH

Kat Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 31 2016 01:57 PM | Updated as of Dec 31 2016 02:00 PM

MANILA - The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded at least 141 firecracker-related injuries from December 21 until 6 a.m. of New Year's eve, a health official said Saturday.

This number is 34 percent lower than the 214 incidents recorded during the same period in 2015, DOH spokesperson Dr. Enrique Tayag said.

Tayag said prohibited firecracker Piccolo is still the number one cause of injury.

"Children aged below 10 years old are most prone to firecracker-related injuries because piccolo is accessible to them, and they have slower reflexes," Tayag said.

Around 900 to 1,000 firecracker-related injuries are expected to be recorded by January 5 as this has been the range every year in this decade, the DOH said.

Most of the incidents occur between 10 p.m. of December 31 and 4 a.m. of January 1, the spokesman said.

Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial has declared code white, where all medical personnel are expected to report for duty from December 31 to January 5.

"We count until January 5 because it takes longer for many of those injured to actually visit hospitals," Tayag said.