DOH-NCR tells residents,: immediately clean up after, new year revelry

December 31, 2012 4:36 am 

MANILA, Dec. 30 — Department of Health – National Capital Region (DOH-NCR) Director Eduardo C. Janairo today advised parents in Metro Manila immediately clean up the remnants of fireworks and discards to avoid getting hurt.

“I recommend a community clean up activity together with the local authorities and put all fireworks remnants in one container or bury them in the ground. Avoid stepping on and picking up lighted and discharged fireworks as they may still explode in your feet or hand. Use a rake or a broomstick with long handle in sweeping fireworks remains.” Director Janairo emphasized.

“Be sure to soak fireworks rejects and leftovers with water. Don’t burn them as they may still explode and could still cause serious injuries.” Janairo added.

According to the National Epidemiology Center (NEC), there are now a total of 82 firework-related injuries recorded in Metro Manila reported by sentinel hospitals in the region as of December 29, 2012. Majority of the cases were male, forty percent of cases were children less than 10 years old. Most affected age-group were children 6-10 years old.

Hospitals with the highest number of reported cases were Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center (15 cases or 9%), East Avenue Medical Center (13 0r 8%) and Mandaluyong City Medical Center (11 or 7%).

“I call on all sectors of society to join efforts and be vigilant in preventing fireworks-related injuries this year. Let us minimize the use of fireworks this year. It is best to safeguard our health and that of our family and welcome the New Year without injuries.” Director Janairo concluded.

All Metro Manila hospitals are in Code White Alert for the coming New Year celebrations. There are a total of 16 government and 12 private sentinel hospitals reporting in NCR.(PNA)

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