The victims who welcome 2013 in the country have reached to 413 people according to the Department of Health (DOH).
At a press conference conducted at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City, said Health Secretary Enrique Ona to the recorded 413 victims here are 404 fireworks-related injuries, 8 cases of Stray bullet and another of the ingestion or edible fireworks.
Ona said that such number is lower by 17% compared to cases recorded last year.
For the past 5 years, the cases of fireworks-related injuries are lowering down in DOH records and the active campaign of DOH against firecrackers is said to be a great help.
Many fireworks are also reportedly high quality and safe to use, knowing that prohibited fireworks are strictly monitored therefore the fireworks being sold in the market are not becoming very dangerous.
Ona admits that their monitoring is still on-going since it is expected to have more record of cases within the next day because some are still using their leftover firecrackers. DOH reminds again not to glean un-exploded fireworks because it is more dangerous.
“Ito ang ating nagiging problema na may mga paputok na itinapon na pinupulot naman lalo ng mga bata kaya dapat bantayan ng mga magulang ang kanilang mga anak,” Ona added.