DOH Regional (Regional Surveillance Unit) data show that there is no significant reduction of cases of firecracker related injuries as compared to the previous year (2018).
Also, no major injuries were reported (amputation in last year noted).
With this, only forty three cases were reported from December 21, 2018 to January 3, 2019. Most cases were from Eastern Samar and Leyte (15 or 35%). Ages of cases ranged from 4 to 70 years old, most of them were males.
Thirty four percent of the injured was actively involved in igniting the firecracker and was not under the influence of liquor upon blasting the firecracker. No case with amputation, no stray bullet incident and no firecracker ingestion were reported. Majority of the injured used piccolo. There were no incident of tetanus reported.
Fireworks is one of the fondest tradition during the Holiday Season. With the advent of Executive Order No. 28, and in coordination with the local government and other government agencies, this Order was strictly implemented in 2017.
However, a community fireworks display is encouraged to all areas, to avoid more injuries and avoid observers from sustaining injuries.
The strict implementation of Executive Order No. 28 made way to a peaceful and less injurious New Year. Biliran had no firecracker incident, Southern Leyte 2%, Samar 12%, Northern Samar 14%, Leyte 35% and Eastern Samar 37%.
With this, LGU and PNP play a vital role in implementing the Order.