While everyone is enjoying the merriment this Christmas season, the Ospital ng Palawan medical team will remain on alert 24/7 to respond to any medical cases as accidents usually occur during this period.
Dr. Louie Ocampo, chief of ONP said that historically, hypertension known as high blood pressure is the most common illness brought to their care. During New Year, most of the cases brought to them are firecracker related injuries.
“Since this is an activity every year, ang Ospital ng Palawan, ay nakahanda na rin sa pagtanggap ng mga pasyente ng mga ganung klaseng firecracker-related injuries,” Dr. Ocampo said.
Ocampo advises the public to refrain from using firecrackers to celebrate the New Year instead use other alternative way to create noise like torotot or hornpipe and loud sound system. He also encourages parents to look after their children.
“Pero kung hindi talaga kaya at gusto pa rin gumamit ng mga paputok, ‘wag hahawakan ang mga firecrackers, hindi dapat nakainom at bantayan ang mga bata,” he added.
The Department of Health is intensifying its campaign against the use of firecrackers. It is dubbed as “Sa ingay walang sablay, sa paputok goodbye kamay.”