Serious drive needed vs. deadly firecrackers
As it aims for a “zero injury” celebration the Department of Health in Central Visayas is intensifying a campaign in its bid to minimize the risks and harmful effects of using firecrackers during the Christmas and New Year revelry.
On Wednesday, DOH-7 launched the “Iwas Paputok,” an anti-firecracker drive that promotes other materials as alternatives. This program also calls for the institutionalization of communitybased fireworks displays instead of the usual firecrackers and pyrotechnic materials.
Part of the drive, said Dr. Shelbay Blanco, cluster head of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of DOH-7, is for local government units and authorities to strictly regulate the selling of firecrackers.
The holding of community fireworks displays, an initiative started last year through Executive Order 28, is also being pushed. Health officials expect that through the program cases of firecracker injuries will decrease.
Well, it’s good the authorities are heightening their crusade against the danger of firecracker use. As people are starting to prepare for Christmas and the New Year, the DOH program is a good reminder that everyone should avoid using deadly firecrackers during their celebrations.
Each year, firecrackers injure hundreds during the Christmas and New Year celebrations across the country. In fact, there are those who lose their lives due to the serious wounds they suffered.
These incidents managed to occur despite the massive campaign by the DOH and other government agencies that constantly remind the people to refrain from using firecrackers, especially those banned by authorities.
This leads many to think that the government’s information campaign is not really effective in the drive for “zero injury” during the Christmas and New Year celebrations because there are those who still patronize banned firecrackers during their revelries.
What we need is a thorough drive against the makers of prohibited firecrackers. Religiously going after them will certainly send a strong signal that the government is serious in its crusade for a safe celebration.