The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded a total of 141 firecracker-related injuries as of Saturday at 6 am on New Year's Eve (December 31, 2016).
The figure is 25 cases more than the day before (Friday).
Compared to the same period last year, the figure is 34% lower.
But DOH Spokesperson Eric Tayag warns, the number of injuries will peak from New Year’s Eve (today) until New Year’s day (January 1).
He says, 85 to 90% of the incidents occur during this 2-day period.
Tayag adds, in the past years, the number of injuries ranged from 900 to 1,000.
He further notes, the current total of 141 injuries relating to pyrotechnics include the case of a 23-year-old individual whose 4-fingers were amputated.
He also reports, a 4-year-old child in Novaliches, Quezon City had ingested a small firecracker called ‘pop-pop’ which the kid mistook as candy.
DOH is leaving it up to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to report on the number of injuries from indiscriminate firing of guns.
He just mentions the case of a child taken to a hospital after being hit by a stray bullet in Nueva Viscaya.
Tayag laments, the bullet remains lodged in the boy’s brain until now.