Mindanao Times

GenSan hospital, health stations on code white alert for holidays

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The city hospital and rural health stations here were placed under code white alert over the weekend in line with the Christmas and New Year celebratio­n in the area.

Dr. Karl Igrobay, medical officer of the City Health Office (CHO), said Monday hospital and health personnel are currently on standby and ready to respond to any emergency during the holidays.

Igrobay cited possible cases of injuries related to the Christmas and New Year revelries and other incidents, adding the move was based on a directive from the Department of Health (DOH).

“This is to ensure that our hospital and health facilities are ready, our medicines and needed supplies are in place and we will have enough personnel on duty,” he told reporters.

Under code white alert, the DOH said all hospital staff especially those assigned in emergency rooms, surgeons and those with specializa­tion on trauma and injuries, will not be allowed to go on leave.

DOH, he said, has started its monitoring on fire cracker-related injuries last Saturday, Dec. 21.

Aside from the city government-run Dr. Jorge

P. Royeca Hospital, the city operates 12 other rural health units (RHU) strategica­lly located within its 26 barangays.

Each RHU has an assigned doctor, nurses and other health personnel.

Igrobay said the CHO is aiming to achieve zero firecracke­r-related injuries in the Christmas and New Year revelries.

He said they have been encouragin­g residents to avoid using firecracke­rs and fireworks and instead join the community fireworks displays.

In the previous holidays, the CHO and DOH recorded

only two firecracke­r-related injuries in the city.

The ban against firecracke­rs is based on Executive Order No. 28 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte in June 2017, which prohibits the use of firecracke­rs in households and instead promotes community fireworks displays.

The local government’s Ordinance No. 29, series of 2014 also regulates the “manufactur­e, distributi­on, sale and use of firecracke­rs” in the city.

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