The Municipal Health Office of Aringay (MHO) reports zero fireworks-related injuries during the 2023 New Year’s eve celebration. The MHO in cooperation with the MDRRMO as well as with the PNP went on a 24/7 surveillance from December 21, 2022 to January 1, 2022. No reported cases were gleaned from the Firework-Related Injuries Surveillance Report. There was no reported case of fireworks ingestion and no reported case of stray bullet injury. However, the MHO informs the public that these numbers may change in the coming days due to late reporting and consultations as well as some may directly have gone consultation with higher level health care providers.

“The continuous decline in fireworks-related injuries since 2018 is a testament of the impact of a people-centered, participatory and collaborative whole-of-municipality, whole-of-government, and whole-of-society approach in preventing debilitating fireworks injuries. The MHO will continue to strengthen our efforts, including pushing for stronger policies in providing Regulation and Control of the Use of Firecrackers and Other Pyrotechnic Devices to realize our goal -for Aringayenos to be healthier and safer from fireworks-related injuries.

In the same vein, the Municipal Health Office urges all Aringayenos not to be complacent of the possible resurgence of Covid-19. Let us continue observing the minimum public health standards amidst the growing cases of COVID-19 from increased mobility during the holidays and the looming threat of the Omicron sub-variants.

We need to remember to get vaccinated and boosted, ensure good air ventilation, wear face masks, maintain physical distancing, and practice hand hygiene at all times.We welcome 2023 with renewed optimism for a Healthier Aringay – one that is made possible by sustained commitment and concerted action of families and communities, the public and the private sector.