The Department of Health (DOH) – MIMAROPA (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) today assures the residents of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan that Ospital ng Palawan (ONP) is equipped and ready to admit firecracker injuries and provide prompt and immediate medical treatment to victims of firecracker and pyrotechnics.
“We are again appealing to all adults to supervise children this holiday season and exercise extreme vigilance and caution against using firecrackers and pyrotechnics and instead encourage them to use alternative noise makers like hooters, sirens and playing loud music,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.
“Don’t risk your life, your family and friends by lighting up a firecracker and teasingly throwing it upwards or near a crowd of people. When you see children playing with firecrackers, seize it immediately and put it away. Remind them on the dangers of lighting a firecracker and the injuries they may sustain,” he emphasized.
According to records from ONP, there were _18 reported injury cases from firecrackers in Palawan in 2014, 80 percent higher compared to the 10 reported cases in 2013. Ospital ng Palawan is a DOH-retained hospital and one of the sentinel sites of Iwas Paputok 2015.
According to Janairo, all health facilities in the region will be placed in Code White Alert from December 21, 2015 to January 5, 2016, in preparation for any injuries and incidents from firecrackers and pyrotechnics. All hospital personnel will be on standby for deployment and augmentation as the need arises for additional medical and other emergency services.
DOH-MIMAROPA together with representatives from the City Health Office, Philippine National Police (PNP) will be conducting pre-christmas and New Year rounds both in private and government health facilities around the city to ensure health and safety of everyone and that no illegal fireworks will be distributed and sold.
The Philippine National Police Firearms and Explosives Office (PNP-FEO) will conduct inspection in all retailers of firecrackers around the city and confiscate any illegal items that may be found selling in stores. They will also arrest officers and local citizens who will fire indiscriminately during the celebration of Christmas and New Years Eve.
The Iwas Paputok Campaign 2015 with the theme “Sa Ingay Walang Sablay, sa Paputok may Goodbye,”was launched on December 7, 2015. Its objective is to remind the public against using firecrackers and pyrotechnics and resort to safer choices instead.