Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando assured that all facilities in the government-run hospitals in the province, particularly the Bulacan Medical Center (BMC), are ready for the possible influx of patients, especially fireworks-related injuries at the peak of New Year’s Eve revelries.
On Friday (Dec 29), Fernando and Vice Gov. Alex Castro together with Dr. Corazon Flores, Director of DOH-Region 3 and Dr. Angelito Trinidad, BMC Director conducted a last minute check/inspection at the BMC to ensure that the facilities here are in order and ready, especially the emergency room.
They are preparing particularly on concerned of illnesses that could easily spread due to social gatherings this holiday season.
According to the governor, every year the provincial government reminds public hospitals in the province to prepare for the expected increase in medical emergency cases from those injured by using of fireworks.
Dr. Trinidad said BMC’s medical staff and personnel and supplies and equipment’s are also ready for said emergencies until the post-New Year festivities.
BMC also has a standby “go team” that includes regular duties, 2 ambulances that will respond to on-call emergencies.
According to Dr. Edwin Tecson of the Provincial Health Office-Public Health, the province has 13 government hospitals, 49 private hospitals and 24 health offices in municipalities and cities.
He said, the PHO-PHs are updated on the events in the said hospitals and the province of Bulacan has not recorded any stray-bullet cases in the past five years.
The DOH continues to call to refrain from using any type of fireworks to avoid accidents.
According to DOH-R3 director Flores, their agency always promoting every holiday season its Ligtas-Pilipinas program such as “Healthy Handaan”; less salty, sugar, cholesterol foods; “Healthy Celebration”; wearing a face mask, hand washing and using alcohol and “Iwas-Paputok”.