DOH: Save your fingers, avoid fire­crack­ers

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Nes­tle L. Semilla and Jessa Mae O. Sotto

THE Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice (CCPO) will in­ten­sify its drive against the sale of il­le­gal fire­crack­ers as the New Year cel­e­bra­tion draws near.

Se­nior Supt. Roy­ina Garma, the CCPO di­rec­tor, is­sued a stern warn­ing to the pub­lic to strictly fol­low the rules and reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing the sale of fire­crack­ers if they do not want to spend their New Year in prison.

Garma said the po­lice will not hes­i­tate to round up ven­dors who have no per­mits or those sell­ing fire­crack­ers in unau­tho­rized places.

“Noong Pasko ang gi­nawa namin is con­fis­ca­tion lang. Now, I in­structed our chief in­ves­ti­ga­tors na tingnan yung pos­si­ble vi­o­la­tions be­cause be­fore New Year EENFORCE G’YD NAMO ANG BALAOD,” said Garma in a press brief­ing yes­ter­day.

“We will be ap­pre­hend­ing vi­o­la­tors and will file cases against them,” she added.

Last Christ­mas, the CCPO con­fis­cated more than P400,000 worth of as­sorted fire­crack­ers mostly in the South Road Prop­er­ties (SRP) which, iron­i­cally, is the des­ig­nated place to sell fire­crack­ers.

“Mostly yung nakump­iska sa

SRP saan au­tho­rize place to sell, vi­o­lated the rules and reg­u­la­tions

dahil sumo­bra yata yung stocks. Yung iba na na con­fis­cate walang mga per­mits yung ven­dors,” said

Garma.

Yes­ter­day, the CCPO de­stroyed the con­fis­cated fire­works by pour­ing wa­ter on them at the Camp Sotero Cabahug grounds.

Code white sta­tus

Mean­while, the De­part­ment of Health in Cen­tral Visayas (DOH - 7) has de­clared code white sta­tus from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2.

This means all med­i­cal per­son­nel in gov­ern­ment-run hos­pi­tals are on alert sta­tus and are not al­lowed to take a leave on said dates.

Dr. Mari Leo Fidel Pataray, who heads the emer­gency de­part­ment of the Vi­cente Sotto Med­i­cal Memo­rial Cen­ter (VSMMC), said there are about 200 emer­gency per­son­nel on standby.

“Ang atong mga staffs wala gyod silay va­ca­tion leave. We are on standby in case there are un­to­ward in­ci­dents,” Pataray said.

From De­cem­ber 1 to 27, the gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tal recorded five fire­cracker-re­lated in­ci­dents.

Pataray said most of the vic­tims sus­tained blast in­juries on their hands as he urged rev­el­ers not to use fire­crack­ers in wel­com­ing the New Year.

He also ad­vised those who might suf­fer fire­cracker in­juries to im­me­di­ately wash the af­fected area with run­ning wa­ter and soap and wrap it in a clean cloth.

After ap­ply­ing first aid, Pataray ad­vised vic­tims to im­me­di­ately seek med­i­cal treat­ment.

CDN PHOTO/JUN­JIE MEN­DOZA

Fire­cracker ven­dors at the South Road Prop­er­ties (SRP) are com­plain­ing of de­clin­ing sales made worse by Trop­i­cal De­pres­sion Us­man.

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