16 public hospitals on code white alert for the Traslacion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 7, 2020   •   614

Starting Thursday (January 9), 16 public hospitals in Metro Manila will be on code white alert in preparation for the Traslacion.

There will also be 14 health response teams to be deployed in strategic areas during the Traslacion to provide emergency medical services.

In a statement, the Department of Health (DOH) said “medical specialists are placed on stand-by for the immediate treatment of incoming patients, while emergency service personnel, nursing, and administrative personnel are placed on on-call status for immediate mobilization.”

The DOH also advised the public to wear comfortable clothes, protective foorwear, and hats to prevent heat exhaustion. The health department also advised to bring umbrella or ponchos in case of rain.

The public is also advised not to wear jewelries or bring expensive gadgets.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Publiko, pinayuhang maglinis ng septic tank para iwas sa dagdag-sakit ngayong pandemya

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Perwisyo at nakakasama sa kalusugan ang dulot na dumi ng poso negro kapag inabot ito ng pag-singaw o pag-apaw.

At upang makaiwas pa sa dagdag na sakit na maaaring makuha rito, lalo na ngayong mayroong nararanasang pandemya, hinihikayat ng Maynilad Water Service Inc. ang kanilang mga customer na samantalahin ang serbisyong pagpapalinis ng septic tank sa kanilang lugar.

“Ayaw naman natin na mapuno ang septic tank natin nung sludge ito kasi ang nasa loob ng septic tank na maaaring magdulot ng bara doon sa septic tank. Magkakaroon ng epekto sa ating kapaligiran at maaari din siyang pagmulan ng iba’t ibang uri ng sakit,” ayon kay Collection and Transport Septage Management Department (CTSMD) Head Carlo Tolentino.

Ayon sa Maynilad, mahalagang malinis ang septic tank sa ating mga bahay isang beses sa loob ng lima hanggang pitong taon upang makaiwas sa anumang sakit.

“Para ma-maintain natin ang treatment capability o ang kakayahan nung septic tank na linisin ang dumi na napupunta sa kanya para ang mga dini-discharge niyang tubig doon sa ating mga estero kahit papaano ay malinis na,” dagdag ni Tolentino.

Dahil nasa ilalim pa rin ngayon ang Metro Manila sa modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), tiniyak ng Maynilad na sinusunod ng mga tauhan nito ang public health standards gaya ng pagsusuot ng facemask at face shield bago pumasok sa mga bahay. May gwantes at masusing dini-disinfect ang mga hose upang masegurong hindi kakapitan ng mga virus.

“Lahat ng kagamitan nila is dini-disinfect bago magsimula at pagkatapos linisin ang isang septic tank,” ayon kay Tolentino.

Sa mga nais magpa-schedule pwedeng makipag-ugnayan sa mga naka-assign na Maynilad Zone Specialist sa inyong barangay o kaya ay tumawag sa Maynilad Hotline na 1626.

Maaari ding bisitahin ang Facebook page ng Maynilad para sa iba pang detalye at schedule ng pagpapalinis ng poso negro.

Ngayong taon target ng Maynilad na makapag-sebisyo at makapaglinis ng higit 158,000 septic tank ng mga customer nito sa Metro Manila. (Balita ni Janice Ingente)

DOH calls on Traslacion attendees to isolate, avoid public places

Robie de Guzman   •   January 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has urged Catholic devotees who flocked to Quiapo Church on January 9 to undergo self-isolation, and to avoid public places to prevent the possible spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The DOH said Traslacion attendees should self-quarantine and monitor themselves for any symptoms of the viral respiratory disease following concerns that the mass gathering could become a potential super-spreader event.

“The DOH further advises those who attended the Traslacion to minimize interactions, especially with the vulnerable members of their household, and to conduct active self-monitoring for any symptoms,” the department said in a statement.

It also reiterated its reminder for anyone who experiences symptoms of COVID-19, especially devotees who physically went to Quiapo, to immediately coordinate with their respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams for appropriate management and referral.

The health department also called on local government units to actively monitor their constituents who participated in the event for early detection of possible COVID-19 cases and limit transmission.

The department made the call after some 400,000 people attended the religious event in Quiapo Church and nearby areas despite the threat of the COVID-19.

As seen in photos, some of the attendees were not even properly wearing face shields, and social distancing protocols were not strictly followed in some activities.

According to Dr. Tony Leachon, former special adviser for the National Task Force against COVID-19 and the former president of the Philippine College of Physicians, the religious event should not have been held as this clearly violates the protocols on mass gathering and social distancing measures amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Events that become a potential super-spreader event is different from a usual gathering as this could result in high number of COVID-19 cases. It is also difficult to discount the possibility that someone infected with the virus may have joined the event and infected many.

The organizers of the feast earlier discouraged devotees from attending Saturday’s event as they could join the activities online. They also cancelled the annual procession, popularly known as Traslacion due to the continuing COVID-19 threat. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

MPD warns of arrest for health protocol violators at Traslacion 2021

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila Police District (MPD) announced that violators of health and safety protocols during the commemoration of this year’s Traslacion will face arrest.

Authorities said they will practice maximum tolerance in dealing with devotees and will remind them to follow safety protocols including wearing of footwear. Several devotees are known to go barefoot when visiting Quiapo Church during Traslacion.

The Manila Public Employment Office will also distribute face masks to devotees if they are not wearing one.

The MPD said they will resort to arrest if devotees will continue to practice unruly behavior such as refusing to abide by the minimum health and safety protocols or if they are caught doing petty crimes such as snatching.

The MPD added that they will deploy personnel around the area to monitor the devotees.

Minors, aged 15 and below as well as senior citizens, will not be allowed in the area.

Despite the cancellation of the massive procession due to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities still expect devotees to travel to Quiapo Church.

Devotees are also encouraged to commemorate Traslacion in the safety of their homes to avoid the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. AAC

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