LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The Provincial Health Office has recorded 20 firecracker-related cases in Pangasinan from Dec. 21 to 27 this year, an almost 40 percent lower from the 32 cases recorded for the same period last year.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Anna de Guzman said that this year, the 20 victims were from 8 to 49 years old. Of the number, 18 were males and two were females.

The firecrackers used by these victims were piccolo (11 cases), bawang (2 cases), 5star (2 cases), improvised powder (1 case), jumbo rocket (1 case), boga (1 case), and pillbox (1 case).

Meanwhile, a 34-year old male victim was wounded in the thigh from a stray bullet fired in the town of Bayambang.

The health officer expressed hope that there will be a decrease in the number of firecracker related cases up to the New Year’s celebration, as she reiterated the Department of Health’s anti-firecracker campaign anchored on the theme “Sa ingay walang sablay, sa paputok goodbye kamay.”

In last year’s Yuletide season, more than 200 firecracker-related injuries- mostly blast burns with no amputation in the hand, feet, knee, chest, axilla, face, and eye- were recorded by the PHO.

The major culprit then was the firecracker ‘piccolo,’ causing at least 25 percent of the the total number of cases.

Other top firecrackers used by the victims last year were boga, lusis (sparklers) and kwitis (baby rocket) aming others. JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB/PNA/northboundasia.com