R1MC ready for New Year revelry injuries


THE Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC) is on full alert 24/7 in anticipation of firecracker injuries during the traditional New Year revelry at midnight of December 31.

Dr. Roland Mejia, R1MC director, however, pointed out that under Department of Health (DOH) guidelines, active victims or those who exploded the firecrackers will be made to pay for their medical treatment while passive victims will not be made to pay.

Mejia said Code White was already started even before Christmas, and will remain in effect till after one week past New Year.

Code White, explained Mejia, is the lowest alert level of the DOH, which means that R1MC expects less than 50 casualties over a period even as he pointed out that the hospital’s department of emergency medicine staff are fully prepared to meet any emergency.

The department will be augmented by staffs of clinical, surgery, family medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, and internal medicine departments at any time should it be necessary.

“We at DOH are optimistic that there will be fewer fireworks related injuries this new year than in previous years because the President himself does not like firecracker explosions,” Mejia added.

He cited the decrease in the number of injuries last year. (Leonardo Micua)

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