MANILA - A man from Nueva Vizcaya was brought to the hospital after he was hit by a stray bullet in the head, the first such case for the year, the Department of Health said Friday.
The 27-year-old sustained the wound while watching television inside his house in Bagbag town on Christmas Day, health undersecretary Eric Tayag said.
"May narinig silang pagsabog, akala nila paputok, tapos bigla na lang may pagdugo sa ulo niya. Dinala siya sa ospital at iyung bala nasa utak pa," Tayag told ABS-CBNs's "Umagang Kay Ganda."
(They heard an explosion and though it was was from a firecracker, but they noticed his head was bleeding. He was brought to hospital and the bullet is still lodged in his brain.)
Doctors are observing if it is safe to remove the bullet from the patient's head.
Aside from the lone stray bullet case, the DOH has also recorded 105 firecracker-related injuries between December 21 and 28.
Of this number, 79 cases involved minors below 15 years old, Tayag said.
Majority of the patients were from Metro Manila and had played with "piccolo," a cheap firecracker.
Tayag urged the public anew to watch fireworks displays or hold noise barrages instead of welcoming the New Year with firecrackers.
For emergencies and other concerns, the public may reach DOH via hotline 711-1001, he added.