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PIA Press Release
2006/12/28

Capiz health authorities impose ‘code white alert’

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (28 December) -- In preparation for this coming New Year, Capiz health authorities have imposed “code white alert.”

This is in line with the recent “code white alert” of the Department of Health and most hospitals in the country.

In the province, both the DOH representatives and Provincial Health Office here have alerted private and public hospitals in anticipation of firecrackers-related injuries this holiday season.

Dr. Leah del Rosario of DOH-Capiz said that they have already called on all hospitals in the province, including rural health units and private clinics to get ready for untoward incidents in welcoming the New Year.

On the other hand, Provincial Health Officer Jarvis Punsalan said that aside from the advisories, they have also posted information materials like posters for the public for the “iwas-putok” campaign.

Punsalan insisted that firecrackers do not only endanger health but also the life and properties of the people.

Instead of using firecrackers in welcoming 2007, we can make use of other means to avoid injuries, fire and death.

The DOH made the announcement in anticipation of firecracker-related injuries, which Health Secretary Francisco Duque said had increased by 94 percent or from 63 in 2005 to 122 in 2006.

Duque said that emergency rooms in Metro Manila and in major cities in the country were ready, but insisted that the best way to avoid injury is to avoid firecrackers. (PIA) [top]

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