FROM only five a day earlier, the number of fireworks-related injuries in the country has jumped to 20, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Based on its latest Fireworks-Related Injury Surveillance 2022 report, the DOH said 15 additional fireworks-related injuries were reported as of 6 a.m. of December 26, 2022.

“This brings a total of 20 fireworks-related injuries reported. These were the same in 2021 during the same period with 20 cases,” it said.

Boga caused the most injuries with six; kwitis and whistle bomb with three each; 5-star and unknown firecrackers with two each; and Judas belt, missile, unlabeled firecracker, and pop-pop with one each.

Eye injuries were the most common cases with 11; followed by hands with six; arms/forearms with two; and back with one.

Twelve of the 20 injuries, according to the DOH, involved active cases or those that actually used the firecrackers.

Central Visayas and Soccsksargen had the most cases with three each; followed by Ilocos Region, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Davao Region, and Metro Manila with two each; and Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Calabarzon, and Cordillera Administrative Region with one each.

Sixteen incidents were managed by DOH sentinel hospitals as outpatient cases, while the other four required admission.

The DOH said there was no reported case of fireworks ingestion.

The agency had not also received reports of stray bullet injuries. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)