The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) said it has attended to a total of 1,200 Black Nazarene devotees as of 5 p.m. Monday at the PRC first aid stations set up along the route of the procession.
The PRC reported that most of the cases were considered as minor, while five were classified as major, including a pregnant woman who was rushed to the hospital by an ambulance after she felt dizzy.
It also said that 778 devotees sought assistance after suffering a rise in blood pressure, while 392 suffered from toothache, dizziness, stiff neck and allergies, as well as wounds, bruises and abrasions sustained from falling, being pushed or crushed by the crowd as they attempted to get to the 'andas' or the carriage of the Black Nazarene.
A total of eight persons were taken by ambulance to the Philippine General Hospital and Ospital ng Maynila for hypertension, abdominal pains, bone fracture, breathing difficulties, and fainting.
Aside from giving first aid to injured devotees needing medical assistance and transporting them to the nearest hospital facilities, the PRC also provided welfare assistance, helping 17 people trace their missing companions and providing psycho-social support at the same time.
Source: Philippines News Agency