Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction”or APIR (Give me five)

Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction”or APIR (Give me five)

by Reynaldo O Joson on Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 5:31pm





The Department of Health (DOH) today officially launched its firework-injury reduction campaign dubbed as “Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction”or APIR (Give me five).”


According to DOH:


“Our strategy is to be positive. The image we will focus on is the complete set of fingers and this represents our five reminders to prevent injury and five suggestions to keep safe while celebrating the holidays.”


The five reminders to prevent harm and injury are: 1) fireworks cause injuries and endanger health; 2) children should not use any fireworks; 3) keep safe and away from exploding fireworks; 4) never pick used fireworks; and, 5) seek immediate medical treatment for all firework injuries.


The Filipino holiday celebration can always be complete and stress-free by following five simple tips. These are: 1) promote and participate in the community fireworks display in your area; 2) celebrate a safe holiday with family and loved ones; 3) use alternative noise-makers to welcome the New Year like car horns, cans, pots and pans, radio music, etc; 4) join merry-making activities such as street parties, concerts, games; and, 5) use the time to reflect on the lessons of the past year and make resolutions for a better 2012.


Community Fireworks Displays –  The primary purpose of these community displays would be to have designated areas for the safe and responsible use of fireworks in each community. These areas will be situated at ideal locations with adequate buffer zones to avoid injury to individuals, fire hazards and other accidents. Communities will hopefully be able to then pool their resources to provide such displays with even better fireworks than they would be able to purchase individually. The DOH is one with all Filipinos in the wish to welcome the New Year with brilliant festivities and the Community Fireworks Displays will help strike a balance between merriment and safety.


Health authorities strongly reminded the public that most cases of fireworks-related injuries come from the 1-10 years age group, totalling 330 cases or 34% of all injuries. This group is followed by the 11-20 years age group in number of injuries. It was also found that cases reach their peak during December 31 andJanuary 1. Furthermore, DOH statistics of last year’s holiday celebrations reveal that most injuries were due to piccolo, kwitis, five star, pla-pla, and luces.


DOH recognize the need for implementing a new strategy for the reduction of fireworks-related injuries as the number of cases between 2009 and 2010 decreased by a mere 1.4%. It is aiming for much better results in 2011.


Injuries sustained during the revelry resulted in blasting without amputation (79%), eye injury (15%), and blast injury with amputation (6%).


From 21 December 2010 to 5 January 2011, there were 1,022 total injuries recorded. Of these total, 972 were fireworks-related, 39 from stray bullet and 11 from fireworks ingestion.


Most injuries came from the National Capital Region (581), Ilocos Region (73),Central Luzon and CALABARZON (66 cases each), and Western Visayas (65).


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