KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan. 16 (PIA) -- Injuries from fireworks is SOCCSKSARGEN Region in the recent holiday season are down by 39 percent, according to the Department of Health (DOH) XII.
Report from the DOH XII's Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) indicated that from December 21, 2020 until January 6, 2021, SOCCSKSARGEN Region (Region 12) recorded 19 cases.
"This is 39% lower compared to (cases reported) same time last year."
Thirty-one fireworks-related injuries were monitored in the previous Iwas Paputok monitoring.
Breakdown of cases is as follows: 9 in South Cotabato, 4 in Sultan Kudarat, 3 in North Cotabato, 2 in General Santos City and 1 in Sarangani Province.
Same report indicated that all victims are male whose ages ranged from 4 years old to 67 years old.
However, same RESU report noted that Region 12 recorded one fatality, a 13-year-old male who died after sustaining burn injury due to kwitis. Reports regarding the incident said that the victim, along with another minor, were playing with a lighter and accidentally lit fireworks.
RESU also reported that 15 of the 19 cases involved active users; 16 occurred at home. Of all cases, 9 were due to illegal fireworks such as 5-Star, Boga, Triangle, and Pla-Pla. Seven were caused by kwitis.
"Two (11%) cases had eye injury, ten (53%) of cases sustained blast/burn injuries without amputation and one case had blast/burn injury with amputation. The reported cases of stray bullet and fireworks ingestion," the report continues. (DED/PIA XII)