The Department of Health (DOH) region 10 revealed during a press conference on ‘Iwas Paputok’ Surveillance on 5 January 218 that there has been a big drop in the number of fireworks related injuries this year as opposed to previous years in Northern Mindanao.
Dr. David Mendoza of DOH shared that there were only 10 recorded fireworks related injuries in region 10 during the holidays: six in Bukidnon, two in Misamis Occidental, one in Cagayan de Oro City and one in Iligan City.
However, he said that although there is a big drop this year, number one cause is still piccolo, a type of firecracker that is illegal in the country and that the median case were 10 years old and below. He added that there has to be more aggressive implementation of the law regarding this particular firecracker and parents should be more cautious to let children roam or use firecrackers.
Meanwhile, other firecrackers that caused injuries include fountain and improvised canon. These injuries are blast/burn no amputation, eye injury and gunshot wound.
DOH 10 Regional Director Nimfa Torrizo shared that among the efforts that have contributed to the drop of fireworks related injuries this year is the advocacy and implementation of local government units of the reinforced Executive Order 28 of President Rodrigo Duterte or providing for the Regulation and Control of the Use of Firecrackers and other Pyrotechnic Devices.
For instance, Cagayan de Oro City has put up designated fireworks display areas. Further, she said that this Executive Order 28 of President Duterte has really put an impact in celebrating the holiday season this year with low fireworks related injuries.
Although there has been a drop this year, DOH has remained prepared and ready for any emergencies. Government health services in the region had been ready all throughout. Torrizo is also urging all those who have not consulted the hospital for any firecracker injuries to aid tetanus infection. She explained that this is highly fatal disease if not given right medication. She added that government clinics and hospitals give free tetanus toxoid for all those unreported injuries this holiday season. (JMOR/PIA10)