Wednesday, December 24, 2014

DOH advances ‘APIR’ campaign

PAGADIAN CITY: The Department of Health is putting its warning to reduce firecracker-related injuries this Christmas and New Year celebrations.

DOH-CHD-9 information officer Tess Dela Cruz said the health agency campaign for now is “Aksyon Paputok Injury Reduction” or APIR.

Dela Cruz wants the media to sound the same in disseminating timely their campaign to the public to fully stop the use of firecrackers traditionally among Filipinos.

For the surveillance period from Dec. 21, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014, DOH recorded a total of 1,018 firecracker injuries. Nine came from this region.

The 2013 figures is an increase of 931 compared to the previous year, added Dela Cruz.

This year’s APIR campaign is a positive approach in educating people to reduce incidence of firecracker injuries, she said.

A DOH release last November 24 forwarded to The Philippine Preview officially launched APIR’s firework-injury reduction campaign.

APIR’s focus is the complete set of fingers, reminding everybody to prevent injury and suggest one to be safe while celebrating the holidays, DOH said.

The five reminders are: to know that fireworks cause injuries and endanger health, avoid the use of any fireworks, keep away from exploding fireworks, never pick used fireworks and seek immediate medical treatment for all firework injuries.

DOH reminded the public that most cases of fireworks-related injuries come from the one to ten-years age group, with 330 cases or 34 percent of all injuries.