THE Police Regional Office (PRO)-Cordillera and the Department of Health (DOH)-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) are eyeing lesser firecracker-related injuries due to strict minimum health protocols related to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
In the weekly Kapihan sa Baguio, Police Lieutenant Colonel Sibly Dawiguey Jr., assistant chief of the Regional Operations Management Division of PRO-Cordillera, said they are expecting a downtrend in the number of injuries due to the standards observed during the pandemic.
"We are expecting a downtrend but just the same, although there may be a decrease or even a zero case, we are still reminding the public to adhere to the minimum health standards like avoiding mass gatherings particularly during this time," Dawiguey said.
PRO-Cordillera has directed all border control points in the region to conduct strict inspection not only for documents related to Covid-19, but for illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices that may enter the region this Yuletide season.
DOH-CAR said that from December 2019 to January 5, 2020, a total of 22 fireworks-related injuries were recorded.
Dr. Jennifer Joyce Pira, Medical Doctor 4 of DOH-CAR, reiterated the need for the citizens to follow minimum health protocols that would help minimize the number of firecracker-related injuries particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"In my point of view and because we are prohibiting mass gatherings or celebration with big groups, most likely with this kind of directive, it would post a positive effect on our 'Iwas Paputok' campaign because there may only be a few who would be using fireworks on Christmas and New Year," Pira said.
DOH-CAR assured that health care facilities in the region, particularly during the Christmas and New Year revelry, will have separate emergency facilities that would cater to firecracker and other health care needs different from the Covid-19 cases.