By ANA-LIZA S. MACATANGAY
NAGA CITY – Two cases of firecracker-related injuries were recorded at the Bicol Medical Center (BMC) after the Christmas revelry while another case of stray-bullet was placed at the hospital’s registry on the eve of Christmas celebration.
Two hours before Christmas, a 4-year old boy was hit by a “kwitis” on his left leg at Villarey, Pasacao, Camarines Sur while a 14-year old male from San Fernando, Camarines Sur was hurt and wounded when a piccolo exploded at his right index finger. Both were treated and released after being given the necessary first aid and medical attention.
Aside from the firecracker-related victims, BMC record showed a 40-year old male barangay tanod from Calauag, Naga City who was allegedly hit by a stray bullet on his left foot on the early morning of December 25. The patient was immediately released after being treated at the hospital.
The number and degree of injuries were less serious as compared to the severity of wounds recorded from the sentinel hospitals here in Camarines Sur last year.
On the eve of Christmas, members of Task Force Paputok, comprised of the composite team representing the Naga City Government through the Public Safety Office (PSO), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) conducted a random visit in the market to check on the prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnics being sold by the seasonal vendors.
Three vendors failed to show the original Mayor’s permit resulting to the confiscation of their merchandise.
PS/Supt. Ramiro Bausa, acting Provincial Director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Camarines Sur provincial office personally conducted a personal visit to various municipal stations in various parts of Camarines Sur to ensure that prohibited firecrackers will not find its way into the market.
“We are conducting this surprise and random visit to ensure the safety of the community during the entire celebration of Christmas until New Year. We have to check also if seasonal vendors are complying with the rules and regulations on selling firecrackers and pyrotechnics and deviate from selling imported and prohibited ones like Atomic Big trianggulo, super lolo, pla-pla and their equivalents. Watusi and piccolo are also prohibited per DOH regulations,” said Bausa.
Last year from December 21 to January 3, 2012, BMC recorded 10 firecracker-related injuries and one stray bullet case. The authorities wish there will be lesser number this year.
Under the DOH’s Aksyon Paputok Injury Reduction (APIR) program and Iwas Paputok Campaign, the Task Force aims to gain more ground this year by registering zero-firecracker incident in the region. (AAN/LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur)