CEBU CITY: There are fewer fireworks-related injuries in Central Visayas this Christmas than last year.
The Department of Health (DOH) 7 has recorded a four-percent drop in the number of such injuries in Central Visayas over last year’s figures.
The Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS) of the DOH 7 Aksyon Paputok Injury Reduction (APIR) said there were 22 cases this year compared to last year’s 23.
Of the 22 cases, 20 were in Cebu, and two in Negros Oriental.
Of the 20 Cebu cases, 10 were blast or burn injuries that do not require amputation, three needed amputation, five involved fire injuries, while two, who were from Cebu City were stray bullet injuries.
Most victims were males with an average age of 15 years old, though the complete age range of those injured were from five to 41 years old.
The HEMS report said the most common firecrackers that caused the injuries include the hotdog, Judas belt, whistle bomb, pop up and canister.
Of last year’s figures, Cebu accounted for 20, while the remaining three were from Bohol.
The victims were brought to the Cebu City Medical Center and Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, both with six cases.
Two cases each were brought to the Lapu-Lapu City Hospital, Mandaue City Hospital and Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital.
Chong Hua Hospital, Minglanilla District Hospital, North General Hospital, Perpetual Succour Hospital have also treated one firecracker victim each.