More Filipinos were spared of firework-related injuries as the country welcomed the New Year with less firecrackers in families’ homes, and organized public firework displays in some communities.
The Department of Health (DOH) today reiterated its call not to let children play with fireworks during the holiday season as latest data revealed that 67% of all fireworks injuries from December 21-29 were caused by piccolo.
The Department of Health has released a couple of reminders to keep in mind to enjoy a meaningful and safe holiday season this 2014.
Statistics revealed that children age 6 to 10 years old are most affected by firecracker-related injuries, and majority (67%) of injuries happened between December 31 and January 1. The DOH surveillance report showed that out of 997 injuries due to fireworks, 25 percent or 250 cases were children less than ten years old. One reported death due to fireworks was a 12-year old male, who sustained severe head injury caused by mixed firecracker powder.
The Department of Health (DOH) today called on the public to celebrate the holidays with utmost caution as it launched this year’s anti-firecrackers campaign dubbed “Mahalaga ang Buhay, Iwasan ang Paputok.”
The Department of Health (DOH) on December 8, 2014, issued the following reminders to people affected by Ruby.
The Department of Health on December 7, 2014, issued the following reminders to people affected by Typhoon Ruby.
On December 6, 2014, Acting Secretary of Health issued the following instructions to DOH regional directors and chiefs as Typhoon Ruby nears landfall.
The Department of Health has created a “Buddy System”, wherein DOH regional offices and DOH-retained hospitals will be assisting their counterparts in regions that are expected to be affected by Typhoon Ruby.
On December 4, 2014, the Department of Health (DOH) has declared a Code Blue alert for all DOH-retained hospitals in Regions IV-B (MIMAROPA), V (Bicol), VI (Western Visayas), VII (Central Visayas), and VIII (Eastern Visayas) as part of the comprehensive disaster preparedness measures to deal with and to lessen the anticipated impacts of Typhoon Ruby on local communities.