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Caloocan ’cracker injuries drop 44%

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Caloocan City’s health department reported a 44-percent drop in fireworks-related injuries during the New Year revelry, based on a partial surveillance report by Aksyon Paputok Injury Reduction for 2016.

Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan said the APIR “Iwas Paputok” campaign was a success, considering this year’s revelry resulted in only 84 injuries against the 151 recorded in 2016.

Of the 84 injuries, 43 to 51 percent involved the “piccolo” firecracker. Malapitan was glad no stray-bullet injury was recorded.

The mayor said the stricter implementation and information education campaign through posters and the distribution of health advisories led to the lessened number of injuries.


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