BAGUIO CITY: The city government’s ban on the selling of firecrackers in this Summer Capital has helped reduce firecracker-related injuries during the Christmas and New Year revelries.
Dr. Donnabel Tubera, City Health Services Office Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit head, said that from December 2013 to January 2, 2014, 11 cases of firecracker-related injuries were monitored in Baguio, a 27-percent decrease compared to the 15 cases recorded in 2012.
More than half of the victims were minors with the firecracker “Piccolo” as the number one cause of injuries.
She credited the decline in injuries to the city government’s ban on selling of firecrackers initiated by Mayor Mauricio Domogan.
Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan also reported a decrease in fireworks—related injuries in the whole of Cordillera region.
She said that there were 36 cases monitored this time, lower than the 58 cases monitored in 2012. Four of them were 13 to 18 years old, 18 were under the six to 12 years old bracket and three were in the zero to three years old age group.
Abra registered the most number of cases with 13, followed by Baguio City’s 11 cases, Benguet registered four fireworks-related injuries, then three each in Ifugao and Apayao, while Mountain Province has two cases.
Pangilinan pointed out that even as the government’s campaign against the use of firecrackers for a healthy and safe Christmas and New Year celebrations is gaining ground, it is saddening to note that most of the victims were minors.
Like Tubera, she also gave credit to Domogan and other local chief executives who stood by their decision to ban the selling of firecrackers in their respective communities, as it helped a lot the health department’s Iwas Paputok campaign.
She called for continuing support from all the local government units in the region for the achievement of a zero firework-related injuries in the region.
Besides the health and safety of everyone, Pangilinan pointed out that given the climate change these days, using environmental-friendly or safer means of making noise, other than fireworks, would mean a lot.