DOH reminds public to exercise caution in using firecrackers in welcoming the New Year

Marje Pelayo   •   December 18, 2018   •   2007

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MANILA, Philippines – Hospitals are getting ready for the merry-makings this holiday specifically in welcoming the new year.

As early as today, the Department of Health (DOH) is making sure that emergency equipment, tools, medicines and staff at Tondo Medical Center are all set to receive patients.

The said hospital is the main destination for fireworks and pyrotechnic victims coming from Manila, Navotas and Caloocan during the year-end revelry.

“Ang mga pasyente po namin dito sa ospital sa nakaraang tatlong taon, wala naman po talagang na admit puro mga minor injuries lang so mga minor operations lang po ang ginawa naming,” explained Dr. Maria Isabelita Estrella, Medical Center Chief II of Tondo Medical Center.

The hospital record shows significant decline in the number of admitted firework-related victims from Manila in the recent years.

From 41 in 2015, the number declined to 29 in 2016 and 24 in 2017.

The DOH hopes that there will be fewer fireworks-related victims this year.

Estrella, noted however, that the hospital has not received victims of stray bullets or fireworks poisoning since 2015.

“Nakakapanlumo lang malaman na ang pinaka malaking dahilan ng ating mga injuires sa fireworks ay dahil sa bawal na paputok, (na) piccolo. So kailangan siguro na pag-ibayuhin pa ang pag-regulate, pag-control,” said DOH Undersecretary for Public Health Myrna Cabotaje.

Executive order number 28, Series of 2017 regulates and control the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in the country.

It also bans the use of strong and harmful firecrackers such as watusi, piccolo, super lolo, atomic triangle, Judas belt, large bawang, pillbox, goodbye Philippines, mother rocket, lolo thunder, bin laden, pla-pla, giant whistle bomb, and other giant unlabeled firecrackers.

“Sa kagawaran ng kalusugan gusto nating malusog kayo. Sana sa amin total firecracker ban pero gusto natin magsaya. Tapos iyong mga industry ay gusto naman kumita ng konti kaya iwas paputok lang kaya ang ine-encourage natin ay fireworks display,” Cabotaje said.

The DOH strongly reminds the public, especially parents, to tell their children not to pick up failed or unexploded fireworks to prevent harm.

The agency likewise reminds households to double check the surrounding area for the fireworks display to avoid fire and other untoward incidents. Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)

 

PNP-FEO releases list of prohibited firecrackers

Maris Federez   •   November 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police-Firearms and Explosives Office (PNP-FEO) on Wednesday (November 13) released to the public the list of prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.

According to FEO acting director Rommil Mitra, they released the list to notify the public this early of the kinds of firecrackers and pyrotechnics that must not be sold in the market.

Included in the list are explosives that are overweight (more than 1/3 teaspoon or more than 0.2 grams); oversized; with fuse that is either short (burns out in less than 3 seconds) or long (burns for more than 6 seconds); imported and unlabeled; and with sulphur or phosphorous mixed in chlorates.

Meanwhile, the list of banned firecrackers includes:

  • piccolo
  • super lolo
  • atomic triangle
  • large judas belt
  • large bawang
  • pillbox
  • bosa
  • goodbye Philippines
  • bin laden
  • mother rocket
  • lolo thunder
  • coke in can
  • atomic bomb
  • five star
  • pla-pla
  • giant whistle bomb
  • kabasi
  • watusi

On the other hand, firecrackers that should be used inside the firecracker zone are as follows:

  • baby rocket
  • bawang
  • el diablo
  • judas belt
  • paper caps
  • pulling of strings
  • sky rocket or kwitis
  • small trianggulo

Pyrotechnics that are allowed to be used outside the firecracker zone:

  • butterfly
  • fountain
  • jumbo regular at special
  • luces
  • mabuhay
  • roman candle
  • sparklers
  • trompillo
  • whistle devices

The PNO-FEO reminds the public to maintain safety by refraining from buying banned or prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnics.

Mitra also warned that stores that will be caught selling the banned products will have their licenses revoked and their merchandise confiscated. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

DOH agrees with FDA decision to ban Dengvaxia in Phl

Maris Federez   •   August 22, 2019

A Filipino nurse prepares to administer an anti-dengue vaccine during a nationwide vaccination at a school in the flood-prone city of Marikina, east of Manila, Philippines, 04 April 2016. (Photoville International / FILE)

The Department of Health (DOH) has rejected the request of Sanofi Pasteur to overturn the decision of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the use of Dengvaxia vaccine in the Philippines.

With this, the DOH approved the ruling of the FDA to permanently revoke the certificate of product registration of Dengvaxia for Sanofi’s failure to submit the necessary post-approval requirements.

“The decision concerns Sanofi’s complete disregard of FDA regulations, which were precisely put in place by law to ensure safety,” DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a statement.

Although Sanofi was able to submit the first two versions of its risk management plans (RMP), the pharmaceutical company failed to submit the third and final version of the plan.

The DOH said, however, that Sanofi may apply for a new certificate of product registration (CPR) for Dengvaxia but this must be in accordance with the FDA regulations.

“Given that Dengvaxia is an innovative drug, the importance of complying with these post-marketing commitments is critical to public safety,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the department has assured that it continues to address the increasing cases of dengue in the country. /mbmf

Police, military hospitals on standby amid national dengue alert

Marje Pelayo   •   July 18, 2019

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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