CAR records 82% drop in firecracker-related injuries

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has recorded a drop in the number of fireworks-related injuries during the holiday season.
Geeny Ann Austria, chief of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU), on Wednesday said that as of 8 a.m. today, the region recorded four cases of fireworks-related injuries compared to the 22 cases in 2020.
She said the four cases involved two minors — 8 year old and 12 year old; a 34 year old and 74 year old, both males.
The 12-year-old male is a passive user from Paracelis, Mountain Province who complained of eye irritation due to “boga” (cannon made of bamboo or PVC). The other minor in Luna, Apayao who lighted a piccolo suffered a burn injury.
The senior citizen from Bangued, Abra sustained blast and burn injury due to “kwitis”, while the 34-year-old from Ifugao sustained burns on the neck.
“No deaths were reported this year,” she said.
Austria said there is no study yet that will determine the reason for the drop in cases but said it could be associated with the quarantine limiting the movement of people and the advocacy of agencies against the use of firecrackers.
She said that behavior also plays an important role in the drop of firecracker-related injuries.
“Kasi kung meron man or wala, nasa behavior pa rin yan kung gagamit or hindi kasi pwede siyang mag improvise (whether there is a supply or none, the person’s behavior still determines whether he will still use or improvise one),” she said.
“People became more aware of the importance of not using firecrackers because of the knowledge about Covid prevention which included the prohibition on the use of firecrackers which also led to the remarkable drop in cases,” she added. **By Liza Agoot, PNA

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