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Fireworks-related injuries in Region 12 surge to 77

The number of fireworks-related injuries in the Soccsksargen region has reached 77 during the New Year’s Eve celebration, according to the latest data from the Department of Health-Region 12.

In its January 4 update, the DOH reported an additional three injured due to fireworks. The latest number of cases was 120 percent higher compared to last year.

Majority of the injuries were from South Cotabato with 36 injuries, followed by Cotabato with 20, Sultan Kudarat, 11 and General Santos City with 6 and Sarangani province with 4.

The agency also said that illegal fireworks have caused injury to 39 individuals (53%) and Kwitis as the leading fireworks involved.

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