DOH-7 says all public hospitals in Central Visayas on Code White for Christmas, New Year revelries

December 17, 2014 11:04 pm 

CEBU CITY, Dec. 17 — The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 7 said all hospitals in Central Visayas are on Code White during the Christmas and New Year revelries to attend to possible firecracker-related injuries.

"All public hospitals will be on code white from December 21 to January 5. We, likewise, urge the private hospitals. Though we know that they have always been ready to respond to emergencies," DOH-7 Health Emergencies Management Staff chief Dr. Expedito Medalla said.

Hospitals are placed on Code White Alert when there is a potential for mass casualty incidents like at the height of typhoon "Ruby".

This means that a hospital's emergency medicines, especially trauma, are fully stocked and made available at the emergency room.

Medicines and supplies in the operating rooms should also be reviewed and increased to meet sudden requirements.

The hospital should also be able to provide other needs like x-ray plates and laboratory requirements and patients should not be required to purchase the same.

Medalla said the public should avoid firecrackers to avoid injuries that can lead to amputation, even death.

DOH recently launched its seasonal campaign, "Mahalaga ang Buhay, Iwasan ang Paputok", in time for Christmas and New Year.

Records show that in the December 21 to January 2 period, injuries related to holiday celebration in Central Visayas increased by 18 percent in 2013 with 99 cases compared to the 84 cases in 2012.

In the past two years, Cebu posted the most number of the cases, with 64 blast/burn without amputation for 2013, an increase from the 58 cases in 2012.

Last year, while the age range is from 1 to 65, most of the persons injured were 11-year-old boys.

The firecrackers victims used commonly include kwitis, piccolo, pirate, sparkler, thick long, triangle, whistle bomb, hotdog, flying tiger, watusi, lantaka, and fountain, (PNA)

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