DoH’s New Yearmakers: APIR tayo!
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
KALIBO, Aklan – The Department of Health (DoH) has reminded the New Year merry makers to support APIR or ‘Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction’ a nationwide campaign to prevent and reduce the number of firecracker and gun-related incidents during the New Year revelry.
Provincial Health Officer (PHO) I Dr. Bong Guatzon said DOH Aklan listed 1,022 cases of fireworks and stray-bullet related injuries for 2010.
He noted that a total of 173 cases before the coming of the New Year from December 22 to 29 were recorded in Aklan. The cases could reach their peak during December 31 and January 1, he added.
Last year, the health department implemented its "Iwas Paputok" anti-firecracker program. This year, DOH officials urged the local officials to support the APIR campaign in their respective areas to avoid injuries and other accidents.
“Of the 173 cases listed, 163 of the injuries are fireworks-related injuries. There are two cases of firecracker digestion and eight cases of stray-bullet injuries,” he said in an interview over DyRU Super Radyo Kalibo.
In 2010, a total of 972 cases in Aklan or 95 percent were caused by firecrackers, 39 by stray bullets or 4 percent and 11 cases where firecrackers were swallowed.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health reiterated the five safety reminders for merrymakers, to wit:
Mapanganib ang paggamit ng paputok (fireworks cause injuries and endanger health),
Lahat ng paputok ay bawal sa bata (children should not use any fireworks)
Lumayo sa mga taong nagpapaputok (keep safe and away from exploding fireworks)
Huwag mamulot ng di sumabog na paputok (never pick used fireworks)
Magpagamot agad kapag naputukan (seek immediate medical treatment for all firework injuries).
APIR also recommended five simple tips to celebrate the New Year. These are promote and participate in the community fireworks display in your area; celebrate a safe holiday with family and loved ones; use alternative noise-makers to welcome the new year; join merry making activities and use the time to reflect on the lesson of the past year and make resolutions for a better 2012.