DOH Bicol starts campaign on zero firecracker-related injury

LEGAZPI CITY--The Department of Health - Center for Health Development Bicol has started reminding the public of the dangers of firecrackers, now that the holiday season is fast approaching.

In last year’s holiday celebration – from December 21, 2018 to January 5, 2019 – DOH CHD Bicol recorded a total of 24 fireworks-related injuries for the whole region. Camarines Sur – 9 cases were recorded, Albay – 8, Camarines Norte – 3, Masbate 2, Sorsogon – 1, and Catanduanes – 1, with no reported deaths.

Among the 24 cases of fireworks-related injuries, 20 were reported to have Blast/Burnt with no amputation, 2 for eye injury, 1 for Watusi Ingestion, and 1 for Blast/Burnt with amputation.

Although Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said there was a 68% drop in firecracker injuries from the onset of 2019, DOH Bicol aims to have zero firecracker-related injuries and maintain zero- casualty in welcoming the year 2020.

DOH CHD Bicol also reiterated Executive Order (EO) No. 28, also known as “Providing For The Regulation and Control of the Use of Firecrackers And Other Pyrotechnic Devices,” which bans individuals from using firecrackers or setting up their own fireworks displays, a cultural tradition of Filipinos during “events of personal, religious, cultural and national importance,” especially during New Year’s Eve or even Chinese New Year.