THE Department of Health (DOH) on Friday, January 6, 2023, reported that there are more injuries stemming from the celebrations to welcome 2023 as compared to the New Year revelry last year.

Based on the final Fireworks-Related Injury Surveillance report, the DOH reported 16 additional injuries over the past 24 hours to raise the total to 307, as of 6 a.m. on January 6.

“As of 6 a.m. of January 6, 2023, a total of 307 fireworks-related injury cases were reported. These were 62 percent higher compared to 2022 (189 cases),” said the DOH.

The top firecrackers that caused injuries are kwitis with 65, boga with 35, 5-star with 23, and unknown fireworks with 18.

Hand injuries were the most common cases with 113, followed by eyes with 86, heads with 42 and legs with 37.

One hundred fifty-seven of the 307 injuries, according to the DOH, involved active cases or those that actually used the firecrackers.

The DOH also reported that 51 of those injured by firecrackers were found to be intoxicated at the time of the incident.

A total of 167 injuries occurred in the streets, while 130 others happened at home.

The National Capital Region had the most cases with 140; followed by Western Visayas with 37; Ilocos Region with 33; and Central Luzon with 24.

On the other hand, the DOH said there was no reported case of fireworks ingestion, while the number of stray bullet injuries remained at one.

However, the DOH noted that there are two unvalidated stray bullet incidents reported and are still undergoing investigations by the Philippine National Police.

The two cases involve a 14-year-old male from Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and a 27-year-old female from Calabarzon. (HDT /SunStar Philippines)