MANILA – An additional 44 injuries from firecrackers, with three amputations, were reported by the Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday, bringing to 406 the partial total number of injuries, with 15 amputations, recorded from Dec. 21 to January 3.

"This is 451 (53 percent) cases lower than the five-year (2012-2016) average and 242 (40 percent) cases lower than the same time period last year," the DOH said in its Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction 2017 Report Number 13.

More than half of the total, or 219 cases, occurred in the National Capital Region, with the City of Manila having the highest incidence with 103 cases.

Of the 406 injured, 321 were male; 198 sustained hand injuries; and 136 were injured by the illegal firecracker Piccolo.

There was still no incidence of fireworks ingestion and stray bullet injury.

The reports are submitted daily to the DOH’s Epidemiology Bureau by sentinel hospitals where patients had been brought for treatment.

The daily reporting of firecracker-related injury is part of the DOH's yearly “Iwas Paputok” campaign to reduce to zero the number of such injuries. (PNA)