DOH embarks ‘Iwas Paputok’

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

THE Department of Health (DOH) in Iloilo City has embarked on a new strategy to lessen victims of firecrackers this year.

DOH is combining both scare tactics and positive approach to remind the people, especially the children, to lessen victims of firecrackers that claimed 71 cases with 12 amputations in 2012, said DOH regional director Marlyn Convocar.

The department’s program entitled “Iwas Paputok; Maging ligtas ngayong Kapaskuhan, mga biktima ng kalamidad handugan” would involve showing of pictures and notices in radio, television, and newspaper about the injuries due to firecrackers.

Convocar said that children should avoid using harmful firecrackers like “bilong-bilong” and peculo, among others.

Delia Tarrosa, regional chief of the DOH licensing and regulatory enforcement division, said the most vulnerable sector for firecracker injuries are children less than 10 years old which accounts 39 percent of injuries and the 11 to 20 years old or 34 percent for injuries.

The cases are fireworks–related injuries from December 21 to January 4 of the next year, while the health department is on alert over tetanus cases from December 25 to January 20.

Some 37 percent of the cases are passive victims, while 13 percent were admitted in the hospital for treatment and or amputation. There were also five deaths due to stray bullets from guns and rifles during the New Year celebration.

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