DOH goes on "last-minute campaign" against use of firecrackers as number of fireworks-related injuries shoots up to 244

Is using firecrackers to welcome the New Year is such a hard habit to break?

Niña Calleja of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that the Department of Health (DOH) is doing a "last-minute campaign" to discourage people to use firecrackers in welcoming 2014 after the number of firecracker related injuries climbed up to 244 on 6 a.m. of December 30, just less than 48 hours short of welcoming the New Year.

The report noted that based on the health department's data, "the 'piccolo' type of firecracker which the government has banned remained the major cause of injuries, with 153 cases or 64 percent of the total." DOH Assistant Secretary Enrique Tayag said in a radio interview that 2013 could be "worse" than previous years since "the number of cases as of Monday (December 30)  was higher by 21 percent than the average from 2008 to 2012."

Almost half of the injuries recorded by the DOH occurred in Metro Manila while 30 percent of the wounded were children below 10 years old.


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