DOH beefs up ‘APIR’ campaign PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 December 2014 11:35

PAGADIAN CITY – In a bid to reduce firecracker-related injuries this holiday season, the Department of Health-Center for Health and Development (DOH-CHD)-IX recently conducted a briefing to media practitioners on Iwas Paputok campaign at Hotel Guillermo here.

DOH-CHD-IX Regional Information Officer Tess Dela Cruz said the department continues to embark on the Aksyon Paputok Injury Reduction (APIR) or commonly known as  “Iwas Paputok” campaign this year saying the recorded firecracker-related injuries have not reduced.

Dela Cruz said the department had recognized the vital role of media in disseminating timely and relevant information to the public.

“We tap you as our partners in helping us educate the people on the harmful effects of firecrackers, as the entire Filipino people once again will celebrate Christmas and New Year on December 25, 2014 and January 1, 2015, respectively,” Dela Cruz said.

She underscored that “there is a need to stop the rampant use of firecrackers during Christmas and New Year celebrations, although it is already part of the culture and tradition of the Filipinos.”

Dela Cruz cited the DOH data on firecracker injuries in 2013 where a total of 1,018 cases were reported and recorded in 50 sentinel hospitals nationwide. Nine came from Zamboanga Peninsula region.

The cases recorded within the surveillance period from Dec. 21, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014.

“The cases on firecracker-related injuries in 2013 had increased to 931 or a nine percent increase compared to that of 2012. That is why the department has intensified its campaign to reduce cases this year,” Dela Cruz announced.

Meanwhile, Dela Cruz said this year’s APIR campaign would utilize both scare tactics and positive approaches to help educate people especially the young male population to effectively reduce the incidence of firecracker injuries.

Dela Cruz said “the success of the campaign requires a strict enforcement by local authorities of Republic Act 7183 otherwise known as an “Act regulating the sale, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices”. — FPG/GCC/PIA-Zamboanga del Sur