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DOH: Firecracker injuries now over a hundred

As of 6 a.m. Friday, the number of firecracker-related injuries has reached over a hundred, according to Department of Health assistant secretary and spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag.

Tayag said 115 fireworks-related injuries and one case of ingestion had been reported based on the government’s Iwas Paputok database.

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Of the 115 victims, 108 were males aged 3 to 62 years old; 78 percent or 89 were children under 15 years old; 69 were injured due to piccolo firecrackers, and 21 suffered eye injuries.

Half of the cases or a total of 63 came from the National Capital Region (NCR).

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Though the number increased from the 90 recorded cases on Wednesday, Tayag said the latest figure was 38 percent lower than last year’s 187 victims during the same period./rga

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