The Department of Health (DOH) has placed all hospitals in Metro Manila under 'Code Blue Alert' -- from 'Code White Alert' -- to ensure the safety of the millions of devotees who are expected to participate in Monday's Traslacion 2017.
"Hospitals in Metro Manila are (now) under Code Blue," DOH Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial said Sunday.
Ubial said the agency will be in constant coordination with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) to monitor the situation.
Earlier on Friday, DOH Spokersperson Dr. Eric Tayag announced that as an early preparation they placed the hospitals on Code White Alert for the procession.
Tayag also said that they will be deploying eight medical teams within the route of the procession to ensure that devotees and participants in the annual Traslacion will have accessed to any possible medical services needed such as ambulance that will transport patients to hospitals, and provide services in giving first-aid treatment to any health eventualities.
It can be recalled that from December 21, 2016 to January 5, all DOH retained hospitals nationwide were placed under Code White Alert to ensure that holiday injuries can be immediately attended to through readiness of the hospitals and staffs to respond to possible health eventualities.
The status of Code White was then extended to hospitals in Metro Manila especially in the areas near the processional route to ensure that all possible cases can be immediately attended in case some unexpected health emergencies occur.
Tayag said that just like in the past, they made strong coordination with other government agencies and partners like Philippine Red Cross (PRC).
Under Code White Alert, all hospital personnel will be on standby for deployment and augmentation for medical and other services that will be necessary.
Hospital equipment as well as medicines are also prepared so that when the need arises, prompt and immediate health service delivery will be conducted and uninterrupted
'Meanwhile, Code Blue Alert means that 50 percent of all hospital personnel shall report for duty in the facility to render medical and other services needed.
"Depending on NDRRMC meeting, we might call code red alert soon," Ubial added.
'Code Red Alert' means that 100 percent of hospital personnel shall report for duty in the facility to render medical and other services.
"We have four DOH standby teams po sa MMDA (Gwapotel) Command kasama and four partner teams from Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Philippine Red Cross (PRC). Eight hospital teams po will be deployed in eight segments of the route of Traslacion," she said.
Meanwhile, the PRC assured that it will deploy 58 ambulances; and set up seven first-aid stations and welfare desks in some receiving hospitals.
There will also be more than 400 personnel, one amphibian, three rescue boats, one 6x6 military truck, one fire truck, two motorcycles, one rescue truck, and one humvee.
At least, 13 PRC chapters within Metro Manila will participate in the Red Cross operation during the event while other nearby chapters will be put on standby.
"For several years, the Philippine Red Cross has religiously supported this devotion to the Black Nazarene by providing emergency and medical support to ensure the safety of millions of Filipinos who take part in this tradition," said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.
Last year, PRC has medically assisted 1,578 patients for minor and major injuries.
Source: Philippines News Agency