The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) set up three first-aid stations and deployed 14 ambulances nationwide to provide medical assistance for people going to the cemetery in celebration of Undas 2021.
PRC through the directives of its Chairman and CEO sets up first aid station in Laguna, Alaminos, Pangasinan, and Albay. 14 ambulances were also deployed in Cebu, Laguna, Mindoro Oriental, Northern Samar, Bulacan, Valenzuela City, Negros Oriental, Agusan del Norte, Palawan, Albay, Northern Samar, La Union, Rizal-Makati, and Las Pinas, providing medical care to 621 individuals with 607 for blood pressure taking and 14 with wound, dizziness, fainting and laceration.
“Sa panahon ng pandemya, at mataas pa rin ang kaso, hindi natin ineencourage ang lahat na pumunta sa sementeryo at mag social gathering. Kaya ipinadala natin ang ating mga ambulansya at first aid station upang masiguradong ligtas pa rin ang mga pupunta sa sementeryo,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC will continue to this Undas 2021 despite the closure of cemeteries to ensure the safety of the people who wish to pay tribute to the deceased.
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. –
As COVID-19 restrictions slowly ease up in the country, the Philippine Red Cross(PRC) reminds everyone not to be complacent and continue to follow all protocols especially in this season of Undas.
With the country’s observance of Undas beginning as early as October 31, the humanitarian organization advises the public to continue following the Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate (PDITR) policies of the government most especially if one is not fully vaccinated yet.
“Kailangan patuloy tayong mag ingat lagi kahit na bakunado ka na upang mas maging protektado ang ating sarili, ang ating pamilya, at ang ating komunidad kontra COVID-19, emphasized Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon.
“Even if there is now an ease in restrictions, it would still be best to stay at home if possible this Undas especially if one is not vaccinated to avoid the large number of people who wish to spend the long weekend by visiting their loved ones’ graves in cemeteries or traveling out of town for a holiday,” added Gordon.
According to Gordon, it is important to be mindful of this pandemic to keep ourselves safe. He reminds the public that especially when you are out in public, traveling, or in a gathering, one should always take note of; hand hygiene, wearing face masks properly, regularly washing and/or disinfecting your hands especially before and after eating and using the toilet, respect for physical distancing, and the maintenance of respiratory etiquette.
He adds that at the same time, it is a must to arm yourself with information by always keeping yourself updated. Last but not least, it is very important to always be transparent, “Dapat lagi tayo maging tapat upang maging safe ang lahat. Mahalagang magsalita ng maayos sa iyong mga kasama lalo na sa panahon ng pandemya upang maayos na maipatupad ang lahat ng mga patakaran.”