The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) provided emergency medical and welfare services to more than 5,000 clients and patients on election day, May 9, 2022, in various polling places across the country.
“Ang Philippine Red Cross ay mananatiling laging una, laging handa, at laging nandyan para sa ating mga kababayan kapag sila ay may medical emergency, eleksyon man o ordinaryong araw.” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.
As of 2:00pm, May 10, 2022, 35% of PRC chapters across the country have submitted their report to PRC’s operations center. Based on the reports, PRC’s emergency medical services (EMS) and welfare teams served 5,059 clients and patients who had their blood pressure taken (4,830), experienced minor medical issues (87), experienced major medical issues (2), were transported to medical facilities (3), provided psychosocial support (9), referred to other specialists (48), and provided other assistance (80).
The PRC deployed 51 ambulance units and 221 first aid stations to polling places across the Philippines. It also set up five welfare stations to provide psychosocial and other welfare services and assigned four foot-patrol personnel to monitor precinct premises for any health emergencies. A total of 837 EMS and welfare personnel were mobilized for this year’s National and Local Elections Operations.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) emergency medical services (EMS) responded to 315 motorcycle riders who figured in an accident from January to April this year, 101 of whom were in Metro Manila. Two hundred fifty of the patients were transported to hospitals, while 65 were treated by emergency medical technicians. The safety of motorcycle riders is one of the advocacies of the PRC, under the leadership of its chairman and CEO, Senator Richard “Dick” J. Gordon, who led the transformation of PRC’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) from a “one and a half ambulance vehicle” operation into what it is today.
Ang Red Cross ay laging handang rumesponde sa ating mga kababayan sa kanilang medical emergency,” Chairman Gordon said. The PRC EMS consisted of one ambulance vehicle that was in good working condition and one that worked only half the time when Gordon became chairman in 2004.
Today, PRC has EMS units across its chapters throughout the country.
The PRC EMS deploys emergency medical services units, which consist of emergency medical technicians on board ambulance vehicles, to provide on-scene patient care and treatment and transport to medical facilities. From January to April this year, the PRC EMS has responded to 2,579 incidents, 2,094 of which were free, while 485 were paid. These responses involved 3,435 patients, of whom 1,420 were transported. Of those who were transported, 1,118 availed of the service for free, while 302 opted to pay.
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 1.3 million people die each year as a result of road traffic accidents. It added that 20 to 50 million persons more are injured, with some acquiring disability.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is taking no chances this Halloween break as it goes full blast in its UNDAS 2021 operations even if most local governments have closed cemeteries to avoid the build-up of crowds and lessen the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Every year, PRC deploys first aid stations and ambulance teams to cemeteries nationwide through its local chapters to provide emergency medical care to the public during the Undas break.
From October 25 to October 29, PRC Chapters nationwide has already provided emergency medical care to 464 individuals suffering from high blood pressure, minor wounds, dizziness, fainting, and lacerations.
“Nuong bago magpandemic, ang Red Cross ay laging naka-station sa mga sementeryo dahil sa pagdagsa ng mga tao. Hindi natin tinigil ang taunan pagbibigay ng serbisyo na yan tuwin Undas, kahit na may pandemya. Ang importante, may magibibgay ng paunang lunas kung sakaling kailangan ng ating mga kababayan ang emergency medical care,” said PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon.
The Philippine Red Cross Safety Services, the department handling the nationwide first aid station and ambulance team, says that deployment this UNDAS 2021 will be until November 5. –
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has already trained 43,206 first aiders from January to October of this year while the country is battling COVID-19. PRC says that the trained first aiders can help reduce the strain on the country’s emergency medical services as qualified first aiders are trained in recognizing and treating a vast variety of injuries and illnesses that can occur at home and in the workplace.
As the COVID-19 pandemic overloads the country’s medical systems, trained first aiders have the skills that can help prevent someone’s condition from deteriorating whilst waiting for an emergency to come. Knowing when and how to give proper CPR can be the difference between life and death, especially during a pandemic.
The PRC-trained first aiders come from all regions of the Philippines with 13,918 trained in the National Capital Region, 5,401 in Northern Luzon, 4,138 in Central Luzon, 4,473 in Southern Tagalog, 1,869 in Bico Region, 6,805 in the Visayas, and 6,602 in Mindanao.
“Basic first aid skills are very important and making it accessible to all is an important humanitarian act. It is, therefore, a crucial must. During the pandemic, with restrictions and safety protocols, PRC is finding ways to reach more people and to fulfill the goal of having one first aider per household. We are encouraging everyone to be that first aid hero in your family, in your school, and your community,” said PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon.
This pandemic has made learning first aid quite challenging and the PRC has adjusted to the new normal by teaching this life-saving training online. For more details regarding PRC’s first aid training course, contact the Safety Services Department via email [email protected] / [email protected] or call them at (02)-8790-2366.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) formally unveiled two new ambulance units from the Security Bank Foundation, Inc. (SBFI) to further equip the organization’s emergency response efforts.
This brings the total number of ambulance units donated by SBFI over the past three years to five.
Chairman Richard Gordon, who led the turnover ceremony on Wednesday, said the additional ambulance units empower the Red Cross to assist more people affected by emergencies, such as fire incidents, vehicular crashes, medical emergencies, and disasters.
“As the preferred humanitarian partner, we assure SBFI that their support will reach the most vulnerable communities. This is a truly noble cause to help our countrymen in need of emergency medical services,” Gordon said as he expressed gratitude to SBFI Chairman Rafael Simpao, Jr. for consistently fueling the organization’s humanitarian drives.
The Red Cross has saved 1,889 people using the SBFI ambulances, including 674 people involved in road crash incidents and medical emergencies.
PRC, through its fleet of 154 ambulances, has rescued 46,451 individuals for 2019 alone.
Present during the turnover ceremony were PRC Secretary General Elizabeth Zavalla, Assistant Secretary General Ramon Murillo, Blood Services Director Dr. Christie Monina Nalupta, Safety Services Acting Manager Von Ryan Ong, and SBFI Vice President Melissa Aquino.