ILOILO CITY -- The number of fireworks-related injuries in Western Visayas grew to 20, two days before New Year’s Eve, the Department of Health (DOH) 6 (Western Visayas) reported on Saturday.
Dr. May Ann Sta. Lucia, DOH-6 Violence and Injury Prevention Program regional coordinator, said most of the 20 cases are in the provinces of Iloilo and Negros Occidental, with six each.
She said that most of the victims are teenage boys, who played with “Boga” and “Camara”. “Boga” is an illegal firecracker.
She added that some of the victims suffered eye injuries while others had dislocated fingers due to firecracker blasts.
Sta. Lucia encouraged local government units to designate specific areas, where vendors of firecrackers can sell so that the police can easily check their products, and so that those without permits can easily be identified.
“We are still encouraging the public to celebrate the incoming New Year’s Eve safely by using horns (“torotot”) and other noisemakers for their safety,” she said.
The DOH here began monitoring firecracker injuries on December 21.
She said they have already completed the distribution of posters in the entire region to encourage the public not to use firecrackers.
In 2017, Western Visayas recorded 98 fireworks-related injuries or 62 percent lower than the 164 cases recorded in the previous year.
The DOH here will continue monitoring fireworks-related injuries until January 5, 2019. (PNA)
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