The Department of Health-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH-CAR) reiterated its call for a safe celebration of the holidays by avoiding firecrackers. This year’s anti-firecracker campaign carries the theme, “Iwas Paputok, Fireworks Display ang Patok! Makiisa Fireworks Display sa inyong Lugar.” Dr. Amelita Pangilinan, DOH-CAR assistant regional director, said they are reminding the public especially children and parents not to use any firecracker to avoid injuries. Instead of firecrackers, Pangilinan added, the public is encouraged to use safe merry-making instruments and alternative noise-makers such as torotot and car horns. Local government units are urged to mount community fireworks displays. Records from DOH-CAR show that there were 63 firecrackers and fireworks-related injuries in 2015 in the region. Abra had the highest with 25, Apayao with 14, Baguio City with 11, Benguet with 9, Kalinga with 2 and Mountain Province and Abra with 1 each. In case of injury from firecrackers, Pangilinan said wounds must be immediately washed with clean running water until all visible dirt and gunpowder residue are removed. The patient must immediately be brought to the nearest health facility for proper medical attention to prevent permanent injuries and disability and death from tetanus. Pangilinan assured that all DOH hospitals are prepared to attend to injuries caused by firecrackers.


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