Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said that the humanitarian organization is preparing its Emergency Field Hospital and medical tents due to the threat of Omicron Variant.
At the height of COVID-19 Surge last April 2021, PRC opened a 100-bed capacity Emergency Field Hospital at the Lung Center of Philippines and medical tents in National Kidney Transplant Institute to serve as an emergency ward extension to cater to COVID-19 positive patients. To date, PRC has catered more than 8,744 patients for its covid-19 response.
“Dapat lagi tayong handa. Kaya ipinapaalala ko ang 4Ps. We must predict, plan, prepare and practice. Kahit na wala pa ang omicron variant sa ating bansa, inihahanda na natin ang ating emergency tents kung sakaling tumaas ang kaso ng COVID-19. Nagawa na natin ito noon at patuloy natin gagawin upang makatulong tayo sa most vulnerable at wala nang mamamatay sa labas ng ospital,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
Currently, PRC has 45 medical tents deployed in 32 hospitals to help mild to moderate COVID-19 cases. PRC Chairman Gordon vows to continue its operation as long as people need additional healthcare facilities.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) ramps up its vaccination drive to support the National Vaccination Days after the National Task Force Against COVID-19 extended the vaccination days until December 03, 2021.
PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon deployed its Bakuna Buses and Bakuna Centers, which vaccinated 8,155 individuals on December 02, 2021. PRC continues to speed up its vaccination to protect the unvaccinated due to the Omicron Variant causing concerns in other countries.
“There is cause for concern for the Omicron Variant but there is no need to panic. Naghahanda na kami sa Philippine Red Cross kung sakali makapasok ang bagong variant. Ngunit, ito ay ating maiiwasan kung tayo ay magpapatest, magpapabakuna, magpractice ng health protocols kagaya ng pagsusuot ng mask, paghugas ng kamay, at social distancing. Huwag na rin muna lumabas kung hindi kailangan. Let us protect ourselves and the people around us,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
With the holiday season approaching, Sen. Gordon encourages everyone to get tested and utilize the free vaccines provided by the local government unit.
“Magpabakuna sa pinakamalapit na Bakuna Centers upang maprotektahan ang sarili kontra COVID-19. For all people who want to have a Christmas event and gathering, all must present a negative COVID-19 test result, especially if there are very young unvaccinated children, elderly, and those with comorbidities even if they are fully vaccinated,” Gordon added.