16 public hospitals on code white alert for the Traslacion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 7, 2020   •   169

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)

59 devotees face charges for ordinance violations during Traslacion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 10, 2020

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has filed a complaint against 59 devotees who violated the city ordinance during the Traslacion.

NCRPO Acting Director PBGen. Debold Sinas said these devotees were caught drinking alcohol and bringing sharp objects which are prohibited by the NCRPO during the Traslacion.

The NCRPO official said they have not filed a complaint against those who threw bottles of urine at police officers because they were not able to determine their identities.

Sinas also said they also still have to identify the individuals who broke the glass window of a NCRPO mobile.

“Iyong nambabato sa amin hindi na na-identify. Iyong nagkuha ng portalet kasi nong pinuntahan ng mga kasama namin nagtatakbuhan na, (Those who threw bottles were not identified. Those who took the portalet immediately ran away when they saw the authorities),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP: No major incidents reported during Traslacion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 9, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said the Traslacion was generally peaceful with no major incidents reported.

In a statement, PNP Officer-in-Charge PLt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa commended the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) “in the way they handled the crowd and call upon them to maintain maximum tolerance and tight security posture until the Traslacion 2020 is over.”

“We only want the Translacion 2020 to be held successfully, safe and orderly, with no untoward incident for the benefit of all,” the statement reads.

The NCRPO have reported 200 minor injuries and several petty crimes. The NCRPO also implemented a new system for the protection of the devotees including the ‘Andas Wall’ where police were deployed around the carriage. This would prevent devotees to block the route of the procession.

NCRPO Spokesperson PMaj. Britz Estadilla said that the Quiapo church asked the PNP to take control of the carriage in Arlegui St.

“Orderly pong natahak ang Ayala bridge ng prusisyon at noong nagkaroon ng palitan ay naging maayos pa rin po sa pagpasok sa may Arlegui, (The procession was orderly when it passed through Ayala bridge and during the transfer in Arlegui)” NCRPO Spokesperson PMaj. Britz Estadilla said.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

The cold winds are rising: How to stay healthy amid cold weather illnesses

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 29, 2019

The cold winds are rising, and cold weather illnesses are coming.

No season is a good season to get sick so it is better to prepare your body to prevent any illnesses especially those that are most common during the cold season.

Department of Health (DOH) Spokesman Eric Domingo said flu season is already starting in other countries and is slowly reaching the country. Domingo also advised the public to be more vigilant especially when flu season begins.

“Ang flu season medyo nag-umpisa na sa ibang bansa at dito sa atin medyo parating na rin iyan (Flu season is already in other countries and is slowly making its way into the country) and we really advise everybody to be more extra vigilant kapag ganito na malapit na ang flu season (especially when flu season is almost here),” he said.

But if you are already feeling the flu, here are some remedies you can try.

  • Stay hydrated: Drink warm lemon water, fresh fruit/vegetable juice.
  • Sip hot soup/broth
  • Gargle warm water with salt for your sore throat
  • Drink tea that has anti-viral or anti-bacterial properties (Green or black tea, turmeric fresh or dried ginger, ginger paste, fresh garlic cloves
  • Use humidifier inside your home to prevent the further spread of virus
  • Wear face mask or always cover your mouth while coughing
  • Wash your hands regularly

The DOH also reminds the public not to take medicine without proper doctor’s prescription. The health department also encourages people to get vaccinated.

“Mahirap din po na magkaroon ng komplikayon ang flu, katulad ng pneumonia na maaaring ikamatay ng mga matatanda, (It is difficult to have complications due to the flu or pneumonia which dangerous to the elderly)” Domingo said.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)


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