Firecracker injuries lesser in Region 1 but more persons hurt by stray bullets

January 3, 2012 10:02 am 

SAN FERNANDO, La Union, Jan. 2 –Although the number of injuries caused by firecrackers in Region 1 decreased by 57 percent, the number of persons hurt by stray bullets increased.

This was gleaned from report of the Department of Health regional office in the implementation of Oplan: Iwas Paputok as compiled from reports of the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.

Dr. Valeriano Lopez, DOH regional director, said there were 145 confirmed injuries caused by firecracker explosion this year in the four provinces as compared to 343 in the previous year.

But he was sad to report that there were 10 injuries caused by stray bullets as compared to only three in 2010.

Of the 10 injuries caused by stray bullets, four were registered in Ilocos Sur, three in Ilocos Norte, two in Pangasinan and one in La Union.

Lopez said it was now up to the police to determine the persons who fired their firearms during the revelry on New Year's eve.

The police in Region 1 joined their counterparts in the whole country in sealing the nozzles of their service firearms on Dec. 27.

The police joined formations in their respective camps Monday morning for the mass removal of the seals on their gun nozzles by their superiors.

Lopez attributed the significant reduction in firecracker injuries to the effective campaign discouraging the people from exploding pyrotechnics and the penchant of some of them to save, which meant they need not buy firecrackers just for burning. (PNA). RMA/lvm/lmmicua/1900/rma

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