‘Boga’ or PVC cannon tops list of injury-causing firecrackers; number of victims decline by 50% – DOH
Marje Pelayo • December 31, 2018 • 2292
Boga | Photo: Gintong Pluma at English Wikipedia
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) recorded a total of 55 firecracker-related injuries as of Sunday morning (December 30).
Most of the victims, 13 of them, were injured after using ‘boga’ which makes it the number one injury-causing firecracker at present.
“Ang talagang top natin ngayon iyong boga dahil mas uncontrolled siya, unsafe siya. Pangalawa iyong ating mga trianggulo iyong parang labentador na malaki at tsaka kwitis,” said DOH USec Eric Domingo.
Despite this, Domingo noted the significant decline in the number of firecracker-related cases this year which is lower by 50% than the same period last year and a record low of 75% or 166 cases as compared to the record in the past five years.
Alongside the implementation of Executive Order 28 which bans the use of firecracker in the country, many Filipinos have acknowledged the harm and damage that firecrackers may cause that’s why they prefer not to attempt using it just to join the festivities.
Several Filipinos say they would rather watch fireworks display than to risk using firecrackers.
Ayoko po baka kasi maputukan ako. Mapuputol po ang kamay ko,” said John Mark Saludo.
“Gastos lang iyan kapag bumili ka ng paputok. Meron kaming tururot para sa mga bata para walang aksidente,” noted Gaudencio Fermajo.
“Sa bahay lang ako siyempre doon lang ako mag-kain. Hindi ako magpapaputok kasi ayaw ko masugatan ang kamay ko. May Diabetes ako,” said Nony Suarez.
“Bawal nga iyan. Mahuhuli tayo diyan mahirap iyon. Pwede iyon na lang pagsalubong sa bagong taon, torotot at saka magsisisigaw na lang ako,” Moling Magan said.
Meanwhile, the DOH constantly reminds the public to refrain from using firecrackers so as not to add to the casualties and to welcome the new year safe.
“Nakikiusap pa rin kami sa ating mga kababayan na sana po iwasan na ang mga paputok. Ito ay injury at mga kapansanan na maaari talaga nating ma- prevent. Huwag tayong gumastos ng pera na susunugin lang tapos iyong mga anak pa natin iyong mapipinsala at magkakaroon ng kapansanan. Marami pong ibang paraan naman para salubungin ang bagong taon,” Usec. Domingo said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) is eyeing to achieve 30,000 daily tests for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by the end of the month as it works to ramp up the country’s testing capacity.
The DOH set the target after it finally attained its first target to conduct 8,000 COVID-19 tests in a day.
On Sunday, May 10, the agency reported it has conducted 8,637 tests in one day. This is, however, 10 days past its target date of April 30.
According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the tests were done on 158,176 unique individuals.
She explained that one of the causes of the delay was the slow processing of samples after the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) had to scale down its operations in April when over 40 of its medical staff contracted COVID-19.
The RITM has since returned to normal operations after most of its personnel recovered from the disease.
So far, the Philippines has 26 accredited laboratories capable of detecting the strain of coronavirus strain that causes COVID-19.
Vergeire said they are eyeing to open additional testing facilities to reach its target of 30,000 daily tests.
This way, the country will be able to improve efforts on contact tracing, isolation and treatment of COVID-19 patients to effectively curb the spread of the disease.
“Hindi pa po tapos ang laban ng World War C (COVID-19) sa bawa’t bagong impormasyon bawa’t bagong teknolohiyang nadidiskubre upang malabanan ang COVID-19 tayo’y dapat maging manatiling alerto dahil ang bawa’t bagay na nagagawa natin ay mayron buhay na mailigtas,” Vergeire said.
To date, the Philippines has recorded 11,086 confirmed coronavirus infections, with 726 deaths and 1,999 recovered patients. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has tapped the service of military hospitals amid following the declaration of national dengue alert.
According to DOH Spokesperson Eric Domingo, they have asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to be on standby in case the number of dengue cases increases beyond government hospitals’ capacity.
“Ang PNP at ang AFP natin may mga hospitals din naman sila and we have to network with them in case na talagang dumami ang pasyente (The PNP and the AFP also have hospitals and we have to network with them in case the number of patients increases),” Domingo said.
“Halimbawa may mga lugar na malayo sa amin tapos sila may hospital maari kaming makipagtulungan para ma- admit din ang mga pasyente sa mga hospitals nila (There are certain areas beyond our reach where military hospitals are located. We can ask for help to admit the patients there in their hospitals),” he added.
On Wednesday (July 17), Health Secretary Francisco Duque III met with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Health Cluster to discuss measures to curb the sudden rise of dengue infections in the country.
The DOH is in cooperation with other agencies like the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in implementing actions in schools to prevent dengue, in educating the public on the dangers of dengue infection, and in coordinating with the local government units in destroying potential breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes in different areas in the country.
“Kailangan talaga sa schools maglinis tayo, ma- educate natin iyong children at iyong parents kung paano iyong dapat natin gawin to prevent itong dengue at tsaka meron tayong changes sa mga patakaran sa school, (We need to have regularly clean up drive in schools and we need to educate the children and the parents on what to do to prevent dengue. Also, we have changes in school regulations,)” the DOH Spokesperson said.
Likewise, among the agencies’ action plans include designation of additional hospital rooms for dengue patients through Philippine Red Cross and the construction of extra hospital tents which can be used for emergency.
Domingo stressed the need to always be alert in providing the medical needs of dengue patients in order to prevent further deaths caused by dengue infection this year.
The DOH advises households to dispose stagnant water and dirty containers where dengue mosquitoes may breed.
Install protections such as window and door screens.
Likewise, do not let your child play or come near areas where mosquitoes are breeding.
“Maganda pa rin talaga naka- pantalon at long sleeves ang mga bata para hindi siya makakagat ng lamok (It is better to have your child wear long pants and long sleeves to prevent mosquito bites),” Domingo advised.
The DOH, as always, reminds the public to immediately bring the patient to the nearest hospital if symptoms of dengue manifest.
The agency can be reached through the DOH hotline numbers 711-1001 and 711-1002 for inquiry about dengue. — with reports from Aiko Miguel
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