Nicoya’s traditional fiestas resulted in plenty of work for Red Cross and Public Force personnel. The Red Cross attended to 64 people between February 4 and 9, principally those injured during bull riding events.
Of those patients, 15 had to be transported to La Anexion Hospital in critical condition, due to trauma, injuries and broken bones, legs and skulls.
Five people had to be attended to during the Los Ajenos concert due to decompensation and sunstroke, and another four fell during the horse parade.
According to Adolfo Saenz, spokesperson for the organization, this year the number of cases was lower, thanks to security measures that were adopted in an effort to not allow youths or drunk individuals into the bull ring.
“You could say that we had a lot of work, but compared to last year the number of people treated was lower. Last year we attended to about 80 people; this year there were fewer and that was because drunk people and youths were not allowed [into the ring],” said Saenz.
Saenz indicated that, within the ring, the Red Cross had three posts that were supported by medical units from Santa Cruz, Bagaces, Nandayure and Hojancha. Medical staff included some 25 first responders, four emergency medical technicians, two nurses, twelve first aid assistants, four advanced support units and two for basic support.
For his part, Juan Antonio Eras, chief of the Public Force, indicated that during the fiestas there were 120 police reports generated, mostly for the possession and consumption of drugs.
Traffic stop operations in highway caught a Columbian gang in Samara attempting to rob a pulperia. The suspects were freed hours later.
“We received an alert for an alleged robbery at a pulperia. We responded and were able to arrest three Columbians across from the Samara gas station, then the subjects were passed to the Nicoya ombudsman’s office where hours later they were released by a judge’s order,” explained Eras.
Nicoya’s police chief said that he was pleased by the operations carried out. “We made a strategic effort that gave us good results; we used a police ring of 50 officials within the fairgrounds, followed by motorized [units] that covered the surroundings to avoid robberies and car break-ins and the operational support group took charge of operations on highways. That’s how we achieved excellent coverage,” indicated Eras.