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Western Visayas Ranks Fifth in Fireworks-Related Injuries in the Philippines

Fireworks-Related Injuries
Fireworks-Related Injuries

According to recent data released by the Department of Health (DOH) during a midday press conference, Western Visayas ranks fifth nationwide in the number of fireworks-related injuries (FWRI). The region has reported a total of 37 cases from sentinel hospitals such as Western Visayas Medical Center, Western Visayas Sanitarium and General Hospital, Iloilo Mission Hospital, and Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital. Additionally, there are 257 cases from non-sentinel hospitals, including district hospitals and other tertiary institutions.

The breakdown of cases per province and highly urbanized city in the Western Visayas region is as follows:

  • Aklan: 33 cases
  • Antique: 19 cases
  • Capiz: 19 cases, including one fatality
  • Guimaras: 3 cases
  • Iloilo Province: 97 cases
  • Negros Occidental: 103 cases
  • Bacolod City: 9 cases
  • Iloilo City: 11 cases

This data highlights the ongoing issue of fireworks-related injuries in the Philippines, particularly during festive seasons. The high number of incidents in Western Visayas calls for increased awareness, stricter enforcement of regulations, and more comprehensive safety campaigns to prevent such injuries and ensure safer celebrations in the future.

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