DOH warns motor riders to secure safety

May 1, 2013 11:21 pm 

MANILA, May 1 — The Department of Health (DOH) warned motorcycle riders to assure safety for themselves as the department found out that in 10 cases of dead-on-arrival motorists, only one was wearing a helmet while nine others were not.

“In order to reduce or avoid injuries, the DOH recommends the promotion of “safety first” mindset and attitude,” Health Secretary Enrique Ona said.

The DOH secretary added that the “safety first mindset and attitude” should begin in every community where local officials have resources on teaching and implementing safety plans, rules and procedures especially on wearing safety gears like helmet whenever riding a motorcycle.

Ona also noted that road safety is both a personal commitment and a shared responsibility of all road users and that everyone should do their share for an injury-free society.

On the recent record of DOH’s Online National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (ONEISS), Central Luzon has the most number of motorcycle accidents casualties in the last quarter of 2012 with 19.3 percent; followed by the National Capital Region, 14.8 percent; Davao Region, 11.7 percent; Cagayan Valley Region, 10 percent; Northern Mindanao, 6.6 percent; and Western Visayas, 6.5 percent.

Moreover, 71.7 percent of the total injuries were accidental; intentional or cases due to violence, 26.3 percent; and self-afflicted injury cases, 0.6 percent.

ONEISS also said that the month of October has the most number of casualties with 39.2 percent; November, 39 percent; December, 21.1 percent.

Furthermore, transport/vehicular crash has the most number of injured motorists with 32.1 percent; followed by assault/mauling, 23 percent; fall, 16.9 percent; contact with sharp objects 13.2 percent; bites/stings, 9.1 percent; burns, 1.5 percent; gunshots, 1.1 percent; chemicals, 0.3 percent; and hanging and drowning with 0.1 percent each.

Most of the reported injuries occurred on the road with 41.1 percent; then home, 26.3 percent; workplace, four percent; and school, 2.2 percent.

Almost all or 99.5 percent of the injury incidents reached the hospital alive. Majority or 85.4 percent were discharged after being treated at the emergency room or out-patient department, while only about 9.6 percent were admitted for further treatment.

ONEISS said that all statistical data is part of the total 13,883 injury cases for the last quarter of 2012, with data coming from 86 participating government and private hospitals. (PNA)



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