HPMRU News Release
January 1, 2020
Secretary Francisco T. Duque III of the Department of Health (DOH) today briefs the media on the outcome of the Iwas Paputok Campaign at the Press Conference in East Avenue Medical Center, Quezon City.
Sec. Duque reports that there are still a number of injuries reported nationwide in the celebration of the New Year. Among these reported cases, 49 were fireworks-related injuries. It is reported that there was no fatality due to firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices. However, three cases due to indiscriminate gun firing were reported by the Philippine National Police. One of the victims of stray bullet died, one is in critical condition and the other one is now in safe condition. One of the victims of stray bullet died, one is in critical condition and the other one is now in safe condition.
Sec. Duque says that the cases significantly decreased. Case this year is 89% lower than the cases reported last year. Metro Manila reports 22 cases of firecracker-related injuries.
The Health Secretary relates that because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the different protocols and restrictions enforced by the national and local governments, particularly the Iwas Paputok campaign, people have improved health-seeking behavior and became more aware of the threats to health and safety of their families and to the people in the community.
Dr. Corazon I. Flores, Dr. Maria Paz P. Corrales and other health officers joins the Health Secretary in the press conference.