New Year is apparently the grandest celebration of the year. The celebration takes place from New Year's Eve and is often solemnized with great grandiosity. Fireworks are very popular during this season and as such, they are a major part of the New Year tradition. As the New Year comes closer, an increasing number of people are admitted to hospitals, most of which are victims of firecrackers. The Department of Health has issued Department Order 271, series of 2010, in line with the collaborative effort to reduce the incidence of firecracker-related injuries, during the New Year festivity, in conformity with its current strategy.
"All DOH hospitals are hereby declared on Code White Alert on December 31, 2010 and January 1, 2011 to prepare their emergency units and ensure the provision of prompt emergency services to injured patients during the holiday revelry".
In response to the directive, hospitals have deployed personnel, doctors and nurses in three shifting schedules. I've just seen on the local news today some hospital attendants actively and happily preparing for emergencies. Despite the busy schedule and difficult assignments ahead, they are still wearing their beautiful smiles.
Most of us celebrate New Year with family and friends but for the medical people who will be attending their duties on New Year's Eve, it could be another distinguished if not extraordinary experience. My high regard is extended to all our dedicated doctors, nurses and hospital personnel! Your service to other people is highly appreciated. You all deserve to have a Blessed and Prosperous New Year! If only all of us will celebrate New Year without a "Bang!" ...