DOH beefs up drive on Iwas Paputok, 10 Kumainments in Zambo Sibugay PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 December 2014 13:30

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay – As the holiday season begins, the Department of Health (DOH) once again embarks on its campaign against firecracker-related injuries.

“Mahalaga ang Buhay, Iwasan ang Paputok” goes the theme carried by DOH’s official poster for Iwas Patutok Campaign 2014.

In a media seminar on Iwas Paputok, Ebola virus disease and 10 Kumainments held yesterday, Dec. 16, at Roderic’s Resort, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, Regional Information Officer Tess Dela Cruz cited the  media as a powerful and vital source of information to remind the public of the safe way to celebrate the holiday season.

“This forum aims to inform the public, particularly the young male population, on how to prevent injuries from firecracker use; provide alternative ways to spend the New Year’s eve and give information  about proper wound care to avoid tetanus,” Ms. Dela Cruz explained.

She appealed to the media, especially those in the broadcast industry to help in the campaign.

Dela Cruz also lauded the Philippine National Police for the zero case of firecracker-related incidents in 2014 because the PNP was relentless in its campaign and strictly implementing Republic Act 7183, “An Act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.”

She also discussed the Ebola virus disease (Ebola hemorrhagic fever), which originated from West Africa affecting countries such as Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, among others. Symptoms are said to be similar with that of measles like fever, headache, body ache, vomiting, rashes, reddish eyes, etc.

On the other hand, Gabriel Tubigon, Nutrition Officer II of the National Nutrition Council 9 also presented the commandments on how to live healthy, the 10 Kumainments. This is a more simplified, less technical and more comprehensible version (English and Tagalog) of the Ten Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) as NNC 9 steps up its efforts in promoting the commandments, which aims to change the eating habits and behavior of Filipinos. — FPG/ALT-PIA9/Zambo Sibugay