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Monday, 02 April 2018 17:30

Red Cross assists over 8,000 in annual Holy Week ops; Gordon thanks volunteers, partners

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) catered to 8,844 individuals in its annual Holy Week Safety Assistance program, including people who needed ambulance transport due to drowning and seizures.

To ensure the well-being of individuals during the long weekend, PRC set up over 200 first aid and welfare stations, mobilized 75 ambulances, and deployed some 1,500 staff and volunteers in public areas nationwide from March 26 to April 1.

“While the majority of Filipinos are spending time with their families during the long holidays, our staff and volunteers were on the ground to assist. I commend our volunteers for once again ensuring the safety of the public as we observe the Holy Week,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.

As of April 2, the PRC has transported 27 patients who needed further medical assistance due to drowning, dizziness, body pain, convulsion, and numbness. This includes transportation assistance to three individuals in Catanduanes and in San Juan, and Laiya, Batangas due to near-drowning.

Moreover, 486 minor cases such as wounds, cramps, and nausea; and 11 major cases such as unconsciousness, fainting, and back pain were recorded.

PRC also provided welfare services, including psychosocial support, tracing and referral to some 430 individuals, as well as monitored the blood pressure count of 7,890 patients.

Gordon also thanked the PRC’s partners and donors for helping build the organization’s capacity to respond to the needs of individuals at any point in the country.

“The success of this operation would not have been possible without the help of our partners and corporate donors who have always been committed to help us alleviate human suffering regardless of race, beliefs, and nationalities,” he added.

The Philippine Red Cross, as the foremost humanitarian organization in the country, has 103 chapters with two million volunteers nationwide that are always first, always ready, and always there to provide round-the-clock humanitarian assistance.

PRC’s services include disaster management, health, safety, welfare, blood, volunteer, and Red Cross Youth.