Firecracker-related injuries climb to 24 a day after Christmas: DOH


Posted at Dec 26 2018 02:09 PM

MANILA - The number of fireworks-related injuries climbed to 24 a day after Christmas day festivities in the country, the Department of Health said Wednesday.

Thirteen people sustained burns, 2 ingested fireworks, 6 had eye injuries, while 3 people had to amputate certain parts of their bodies due to blast wounds, the DOH said in its bulletin issued on December 26 at 5:59 a.m.

"This is 28 cases (54 percent) lower compared to the same reporting period of 2017," the DOH said.

Doctors are still observing a 6-year-old boy from Tondo who allegedly ate a "pili cracker", a firecracker that contains potassium nitrate and potassium chloride, the DOH said.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier urged parents to sift through their children's belongings and confiscate stashes of firecrackers before the New Year revelries.