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Monday, 04 December 2017 15:12

Philippine Red Cross showcases surgery-ready Emergency Medical Unit

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) showcased its capability to deliver quality and efficient healthcare services in times of emergencies and disasters.The PRC's Health Services spearheaded a simulation and walk-thru featuring the PRC's Emergency Medical Unit (EMU) with Surgical Capacity on November 24 at the PRC Logistics and Training Center in Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

The event aimed to immerse PRC's Health Partners in the EMU operations, its surgical capacity, and health response mechanism during deployment.The simulation highlighted the Emergency Field Hospital (EMU Type 2) with Surgical Capacity, which can accommodate special services such as delivery, basic surgery, laboratory, and in-patient observation.

"Innovation is non-stop in the PRC. With the support of our partners from the Health Sector, the PRC will continue to live up to its position as a forerunner in ensuring the health of the most vulnerable," PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon said,

The event was graced by officials from PRC's Health Partners namely Dr. Gloria J. Balboa, Director of the Department of Health's Health Emergency Management Bureau; Dr. Federico Malubay and Dr. Frederick Francisco, members of the Committee on Medical Association of the Philippine Medical Association; Philippine College of Surgeons President Dr. Enrico P. Ragaza and Dr. Joel Macalino, Chairman of Trauma Committee; Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Foundation, Inc. President Dr. Mayumi Bismark and Fellow Dr. Cleofe Medina; Philippine Hospital Association Director Dr. Edgardo Salud; Philippine Nurses Association Governors Paulita Cruz and Victor Quimen; Operating Room Nurses Association of the Philippines, Inc. Representatives Leah Ante, Yrenia Domingo, and Venus Quinsay; as well as Olongapo Medical Society President Dr. Ruth Roldan and Officers Dr. Asean Briones and Dr. Daisy Rivera.

PRC Chairman Gordon was accompanied by IFRC Country Office Head Christopher James Staines, Canadian Red Cross Country Representative Paul Drossou, as well as PRC Executives and Consultants Assistant Secretary General Liza Zavalla, Dr. Arthur Catli, and Dr. Glenn Paraso during the walk-thru. The simulation and walk-thru served as the curtain-raiser of the five-dayEMU Operation Training for Luzon Chapters.

EMUs serve as the PRC's bread and butter for medical actions during emergencies and disasters. With the support of the PRC's Movement Partners such as the Canadian Red Cross, PRC has been able to equip two types of EMU.The other setup is the EMU Type 1, also known as the Basic Health Care Unit, is a 10-bed out-patient setup configured to deliver basic health care services.

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