Happy New Year! And what a great way to start the year 2018 is some good news from the Department of Health. According to the agency, the firecracker-related injuries had decreased tremendously.
Every year, the agency roams around the cities and its local hospitals to ensure everyone is safe and will be treated accordingly. This year, however, the injuries have decreased to 77%, Rappler reported.
As confirmed by the Health Secretary Francisco Duque III during a news briefing on Monday, January 1, there were 191 firecracker-related injuries recorded nationwide. Rappler also reported that the cases were recorded between December 21, 2017, to January 1.
Duque compared the number of cases as of January 1 to the 630 cases recorded from December 21, 2016, to January 5, 2017.
The recorded injuries were at the following places:
- NCR – 115 cases
- Western Visayas – 15 cases
- Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and Bicol – each has endured 13 injuries
Main reasons for injuries are as follows:
- Piccolo – 94 cases
- Kwitis – 14 cases
- Fountain – 10 cases
- Boga – 9 cases
In addition, Duque also confirmed that based on the police reports, there was no death caused by firecrackers, stray bullets, thanks to President Duterte’s Executive Order.
President Duterte’s Executive Order (EO) No. 28, was signed last January 2017 to regulate and restricts the use of firecrackers and illegal fireworks display. The DILG and PNP were one with the memorandum and had issued designated places for the fireworks display this year.
This is good news, indeed. Hopefully, it gets lower or better yet, zero casualties, as the years come.
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