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.