DOH cautions against health risks during Traslacion
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) urged devotees of the Black Nazarene to be “mindful” of their health during the Traslacion procession.
“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,” Health Chief Francisco Duque III said in a statement on Monday night.
Duque added that all DOH hospitals in Metro Manila are on “Code White” alert from January 7 to 10, which means that state health facilities are ready to respond to situations. General and orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, operating room nurses, ophthalmologists and otorhinolaryngologists are also available to respond to emergency situations.
The DOH Operations Center will work from January 8 to 10 to monitor and provide additional support needed while the Metro Manila Center for Health Development (MM-CHD) will put up a communication post in Quiapo for quick assistance.
The DOH also advised devotees to bring drinking water to avoid dehydration and wear comfortable clothes and protective footwear.
Those under medication should bring their medicines, especially those with chronic asthma, hypertension or diabetes.
The DOH also asked participants to bring identification cards which identifies a contact person in case of emergency.
Meanwhile, individuals who are sick, pregnant or with serious medical conditions were advised to avoid joining the procession. The department also appealed to devotees not to bring infants, young children, and the elderly. / ee
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