The Philippine Red Cross’ (PRC) personnel, volunteers, ambulances, and rescue vehicles are now ready and prepared for the Feast of the Black Nazarene or Traslacion 2018.
PRC is all set to serve the vast sea of maroon and yellow devotees whowill fill the streets of Manila.“Like those who have dedicated their lives to their devotion to the Black Nazarene, it has been like a devotion for us as well at the Red Cross to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the devotees during the height of the Traslacion,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.
Anticipating the risks and challenges of this year’s Traslacion, PRC will be deploying 44 ambulances, will set up 9 first aid stations, an emergency medical unit, one amphibian, one 6x6 truck, one fire truck, one rescue truck, two humvees, four plastic boats, and welfare desks in some receiving hospitals,with some 2,000 personnel and volunteers on the ground ready to respond when needed.
AllPRC chapters within NCR will participate in the Red Cross operation during the event, while other nearby chapters along with their volunteers will be put on standby.
“Last year, PRC has served 2,566 people for medical needs. Among those who have been given aid were persons who suffered dizziness, hypertension, sprain or fracture, various injuries, and other needed assistance like looking for missing companions. As much as we are prepared to serve, we would like to remind the public to be vigilant for any unlikely situation that may occur,” he added.
PRC will set up first aid stations and welfare desks throughout the path of the Black Nazarene procession and will be positioned at the Aquino monument, Round table (Manila City Hall), Liwasang Bonifacio, Plaza Mexico (Post Office), Lacson (Sta Cruz area), San Sebastian, Jones Bridge, and near Quiapo Church to cater minor and major injuries, as well as help trace missing family members, referral service, counseling, and provide psychosocial support.
Aside from manning the first aid stations, PRC volunteers and staff willbe engaged to conduct foot patrol, ambulance assistance, patient transport, and water rescue, all for easy access to medical and emergency assistance.
Also, 11 hospitals have been identified to accommodate injured individuals in the event of accidents, along with referral from the Department of Health. These include Jose Fabella Hospital, Jose Reyes Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, Tondo Medical Center, Ospital ng Tondo, Ospital ng Sampaloc, Gat Andres Medical Center, Justice Abad Santos Memorial Medical Center, Sta. Ana Hospital, Philippine General Hospital, and Ospital ng Maynila.
The overall operations will be managed by the PRC Safety Service and Operations Center as well as an emergency room which will be put on standby at the PRC Port Area with doctors, nurses, and technicians for a possible Multi-Casualty Incident.
Last year’s Traslacion lasted for 22 hours, which started at 5:20 a.m. on January 9 and ended at 3:42 a.m. on January 10.
The Philippine Red Cross, as the foremost humanitarian organization in the country, has 103 chapters with two million volunteers nationwide that is always first, always ready, and alwaysthere to provide round-the-clock humanitarian assistance, especially to the most vulnerable.
Aside from first aid and ambulance responses under safety service, PRC also has services which include disaster management, health, welfare, blood, volunteer service, and Red Cross youth.