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Firecracker injuries higher in 2014

DOH, Eric Tayag, firecrackers, piccolo, Manila Bulletin

DOH Asst. Sec. Eric Tayag said the firecracker injuries is greater compared to 2013. (Photo from http://magnustoday.net/)

The number of firecracker injuries during New Year’s celebrations is greater than the previous year, according to the Department of Health.

In a televised press conference, DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag said 914 medical cases were recorded, two of them involved firecracker ingestion while 17 were injured due to stray bullets.

Tayag said most fireworks-related injuries were caused by the firecracker piccolo which were imported and considered illegal in the country. Tayag said they will conduct an investigation to see why illegal firecrackers such as piccolo still ended up in the hands of consumers. The investigations would include policemen and barangay officials.

The health official also said the DOH will work with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to bar entry of illegal fireworks in the country.