New Year with a Lesser Bang


At least 434 persons were wounded during the 1997 New Year’s Eve celebration in Metro Manila. There was only firecracker-related health, that of 12 year-old Aldous Alberto of Cabornica, Navotas who sustained burns after being accidentally hit by an unidentified firecracker.

Alberto, the first tetanus patient admitted this year at the San Lazaro Hospital (SLH) died on 13 January from renal failure and anoxia due to complications from tetanus infection. Seven (7) tetanus cases, including Alberto, were admitted at SLH in January.

According to DOH statistics, this year’s number of cases are significantly lower compared to the 760 injury cases registered in 1996.

Of the 434 reported cases this year, 344 were firecracker injuries.