DOH ADVISES PUBLIC TO BE VIGILANT OF THEIR HEALTH DURING THE TRASLACION
The Department of Health (DOH) today, as part of its preparations for the annual Traslacion, advised devotees joining the traditional procession to be mindful of their health by bringing enough drinking water to avoid dehydration and wearing comfortable clothes and protective footwear.
The Traslacion or the commemoration of the transfer of the Black Nazarene from Intramuros to Quiapo Church where it has stayed since 1787, will be marked with a march starting from the Quirino Grandstand. About 18-20 million devotees are expected to participate according to the Philippine National Police.
“All DOH hospitals in Metro Manila are on ‘Code White’ alert from January 7-10, referring to the readiness status of the facilities assuring the availability of general and orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, operating room nurses, ophthalmologists, and otorhinolaryngologists, to respond to any emergency situation,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III explained. He added that emergency health service, nursing, and administrative personnel residing at the hospital dormitories are also placed on an on-call status to enable immediate mobilization.
Medical teams composed of a doctor, nurse and paramedics from the DOH Metro Manila hospitals were tapped to assist participants in the Traslacion. Thirteen (13) medical teams will be stationed along the procession route.
Likewise, the DOH Operations Center will work 24/7 from January 8-10 to monitor and facilitate any additional support that may be needed. The Metro Manila Center for Health Development (MM-CHD) will establish a communication post Quiapo Base for quick assistance. (DOH PR)
The DOH is also advising the devotees to bring raincoats or ponchos in case of any sudden downpour, and to bring hats, fans, or handkerchiefs if it becomes hot and sunny.
People on medication are asked to bring their medicines along with them especially those with chronic asthma, hypertension or diabetes. People who are sick, pregnant, or with serious medical conditions are advised to avoid joining the event.
Devotees should also refrain from bringing infants, young children, and the elderly to avoid injury. Participants are also encouraged to have an identification card with them with a contact person and number to notify in case of an emergency, and also their blood type, history of allergies, or existing medical condition.
“We appeal to devotees joining the Traslacion to prioritize their health. Should any one of them feel any symptom of sickness or suffer an injury, immediately consult our medical teams posted in strategic areas,” the health chief concluded.
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