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)
MANILA, Philippines – The maximum compound of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) has been a home to around 500 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) who are now suffering from symptoms of tuberculosis.
Thus, the International Committee of the Red Cross held a medical mission to check on their conditions.
According to NBP Chief Doctor Henry Fabro, most PDLs are showing signs of tuberculosis and pneumonia which need immediate attention.
“Marami ang may sakit sa baga, TB at pneumonia (Many are contracting respiratory problems like TB and pneumonia),” Fabro said.
“Sinusundan iyan ng sakit sa puso, high blood pressure, sakit sa bato na dina-dialysis natin (Some have heart ailments, high blood pressure, kidney problems who are undergoing dialysis procedure),” he added.
There are around 28,000 PDL inside the NBP and 18,000 of them are inside the maximum compound.
Jail administrators said it is inevitable for them to contract such diseases because of their number inside the facility.
“With that population and with the limited space siempre nagkakahawahan iyan (it’s inevitable for them to be infected as well),” explained NBP Chief PIO Col. Gabriel Chaklag.
“May mga infectious diseases and at the same time some of our PDL are senior citizens so just imagine ang susceptibility nila sa other diseases (Many have infectious diseases and, at the same time, some of our PDLs are senior citizens so imagine their susceptibility to other diseases),” he added.
At present, there are over 160 patients confined inside the NBP hospital suffering from respiratory problems.
The inmates expressed gratitude to the management of the NBP and the assistance of non-government organizations in addressing their medical needs.
“Nagagamot naman din nila. Pero sobrang dami talaga dito ang nagkakasakit (They are able to treat them. But a lot had been really sickly),” said one of the inmates.
“Kaya nagpapasalamat po kami na mayroong mga ganyang x-ray (We’re thankful that, at least, we can avail of x-ray services),” he added.
However, the NBP management still lacks physicians to attend to all the medical conditions of the inmates.
At present, the facility only has six doctors in rotation.
The facility also needs additional equipment like x-rays and ECG machines. – MNP (with inputs from Sherwin Culubong)
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.
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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