Tough rescue competition to mark 4th UNTV Rescue Summit

UNTV News   •   April 22, 2019   •   7054

UNTV News and Rescue, together with the Marikina City Government, has detailed the line-up of activities for the 4th UNTV Rescue Summit set on April 28, 2019.

The highlight of the event is the rescue competition among the participating teams, as well as the disaster response capability display, disaster preparedness seminars and a concert to be staged by media partner, Wish 107.5.

The nine participating teams for the event are the Palawan PDRRMO, Balanga Bataan CDRRMO, Nueva Vizcaya Search and Response Unit, Bulacan PDRRMO, Laguna PDRRMO, Cagayan Valley Rescue, San Pedro Laguna CDRRMO, Ilocos Sur PDRRMO, and the Camarines Sur Fire and Rescue.

UNTV Rescue Manager Benedict Galazan said, “In line pa rin ito sa preparasyon sa ‘The Big One’. Noong nakaraan, sinubok natin ang kanilang endurance, kanilang stamina. Ngayon dinagdagan natin ng technical rescue aspect. Dinagdagan natin ng konsepto ng water rescue, ng high-angle rescue kaya mas magiging exciting ito.  Itong konseptong ito ng competition siyempre, in collaboration with Marikina Rescue 161.”

(Because this is still in line with the preparation of ‘The Big One’. In last year’s rescue summit, we tested their endurance and stamina. Now, we added on technical rescue aspect such as water rescue and high-angle rescue. This concept of the competition is in collaboration with the Marikina Rescue 161.)

The participating teams said they are all excited for the event, especially the rescue competition where the Bureau of Fire Protection of Marikina City will stand as one of the judges.

Even the organizers themselves announced that they have also undergone the challenges in the competition that they conceptualized.

UNTV News and Rescue, meanwhile, reiterated the importance of the 4th Rescue Summit.

“Itong Rescue Summit hindi lang ito para sa mga responder, hindi lang ito para sa mga taga-sagip buhay. Ito ang pinaka-target natin dito ay yung atin mga kababayan na kailangan natin matutong lahat. Sabi nga ni Kuya Daniel Razon, kung tayo kung alam na natin ang gagawin natin kapag nagkaroon ng emergency, mababawas na tayo sa alalalahin ng mga taga sagip buhay natin,” UNTV Rescue manager Benedict Galazan said.

(This Rescue Summit, it’s not only for the responders or the rescuers. It is primarily targeting the public, for them to be educated. As Kuya Daniel Razon always says, if we know what to do in times of emergency, we will be one problem less for the rescuers or responders.)

As the organizers of the 4th Rescue Summit, UNTV and the Marikina City Government, invite the public to attend the free-admission event on April 28, which will start at 6am at the Marikina Sports Center. –

China continues to see positive signs in epidemic control as case numbers fall

UNTV News   •   March 4, 2020

China continues to see positive signs that its epidemic control measures are proving successful, with the country reporting just 11 new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 disease outside the epicenter Hubei Province on Monday.

The recovery rate of the coronavirus remains promising, with 2,742 people being discharged from hospitals across the country on Monday after recovering, while the number of severe cases decreased by 304 to 6,806.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday paid a visit to the Academy of Military Medical Sciences and the School of Medicine at Tsinghua University in Beijing and stressed the need to advance scientific research into COVID-19 so as to provide greater support for winning the battle against the epidemic.

Xi also learned about the progress of research into the virus and about the application of potential vaccines, anti-bodies, and medicines as well as the fast testing kits used to detect the disease.

There was more good news when two elderly patients, both aged in their late nineties, were discharged from hospitals in Wuhan over the past two days after recovery from their respective infections.

One of them was a 98-year-old man surnamed Hu who was on Sunday discharged from the purpose-built Leishenshan Hospital, while the other was a 97-year-old woman who was discharged from Wuhan’s Xiehe Hospital on Saturday.

While medical staff are risking their lives to save others, more and more people have stepped forward as volunteers to take care of the relatives of frontline medical workers who have been transferred to Wuhan from across China, helping put their minds at ease while looking out for their families’ needs.

In Chongqing Municipality of southwest China, for example, more than 7,700 volunteers have been helping the families of about 4,500 medical workers who were sent to fight the epidemic in local hospitals or in the epicenter Hubei Province.

The volunteers not only help with the daily routines of the family members, but also attend to the other needs of seniors and children.

Among those helping is Wu Hongmei, who has been regularly offering fresh food for the parents-in-law and the daughter of doctor He Wei, who is now aiding the efforts in Hubei.

Doctor He left for Xiaogan on Jan. 26, while his wife, also a doctor, has been busy working at a local hospital.

Wu has been taking care of the He’s family since late January and, in addition to sending them food and medical supplies, she also cheerfully chats with them like a member of the family on each visit.

In order to prevent the risk of pollution from medical staff, an environmental protection company in Wuhan City has been processing the medical waste of hospitals that admit patients infected with the virus.

On January 23, Wuhan authorities quickly called upon the Wuhan North Lake Yunfeng Environmental Protection Technology company to offer its services as a backup for disposing of medical waste, as the facility can burn up to 15 tons of waste per day.

When processing the waste, the workers have to do it manually as the machines aren’t made for such delicate work. However, this potentially adds risk as the workers are in close contact with the medical waste. As a result, workers take extra precautions and disinfect every step of the way.

“Since the materials are in small, fragile packages that cannot be processed by our mechanical feeding systems as they will break easily, which will increase the risk of getting infected, we have to do it like this. Our staff members pour the waste into the duct. The danger of the process is close contact with the medical waste. So, we will disinfect the medical waste upon arrival and then pour it into our processing system. Then we will disinfect the empty buckets before loading them back onto the trucks,” said Mei Gang, general manager of the company.

Support also continues to pour in from overseas, with some hailing China’s efforts in curbing the epidemic and noting how the country’s experiences are worth learning from.

“We highly praise China’s efforts in epidemic control and prevention, especially its good cooperation with the World Health Organization. Relevant organizations have carried out cooperation through different channels to share information and experiences. Research made by China in this area has also benefited the world a lot,” said Mohammed Alabdu-Alaly, spokesman, Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia.

“The experience of China is very important for us. The Ministry of Health of China provided us with a technical document, the updating technical document on the procedures that China are working to control the coronavirus, and we will study this document, and we will contact the representative here (in China) in Ministry of Health via Skype or video to exchange our experience and to ask them if we need any more details,” said Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed.

Others are confident that China’s economy will recover despite the severity of the epidemic, and are encouraged by the future prospects.

“It is also good for business that China has taken these steps, because the recovery will lead to once again the re-connection, re-establishment of business ties between China and South Africa and the African continent. But all in all, we wish the people of China a speedy recovery,” Iqbal Surve, Executive Chairman, Independent Media Group in South Africa.

As business slowly returns to normal across China, another batch of major projects have also restarted their construction work with various measures put in place to prevent and control the spread of the virus, among them are the construction of the Beijing-Xiongan expressway, railway bridge and shale gas production.

While the domestic situation continues to make progress, China has also showed its support to other countries which are seeing a growing number of confirmed cases such as South Korea.

“China and South Korea are friendly neighbors who assist each other and share weal and woe. Since the epidemic of the novel coronavirus-caused pneumonia broke out, the two countries have encouraged and supported each other, truly meriting the names of ‘a community of shared destiny, and a community of shared goal of defeating the epidemic.’ According to incomplete statistics, people from all social circles in South Korea and Chinese-funded entities in South Korea have donated more than 200 million yuan (about 29 million U.S. dollars). We are deeply grateful for this,” said Xing Haiming, Chinese Ambassador to South Korea. (Reuters Connect)


No near-term decision on Tokyo 2020 Olympics, says WHO

UNTV News   •   February 28, 2020

No decision will be made on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the near future in light of the coronavirus outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday (February 27).

WHO officials said the new coronavirus outbreak has reached a “decisive point” and had the potential to become a pandemic.

With less than five months to go until the Olympics begin, WHO emergencies program head Dr. Mike Ryan said they were working closely with organizers of the Tokyo Olympic Games, providing them with assessment and risk management advice.

On Wednesday Tokyo 2020 officials said they are considering scaling down the torch relay due to concerns over the outbreak

The committee’s basic stance was that the Olympics and Paralympics would go ahead as planned, Tokyo 2020 CEO, Toshiro Muto told reporters.

Japan has moved to quell fears that the Olympics might be canceled after International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound said the Games would more likely be canceled than postponed or moved if the virus forced any change in the schedule. (REUTERS)

S.Korea boy band BTS cancels April Seoul concert on coronavirus concerns

UNTV News   •   February 28, 2020

K-Pop boy band BTS canceled its scheduled April concert in Seoul, amid growing concerns of the new coronavirus outbreak, the band’s agency said on Friday (February 28).

BTS had scheduled a “Map of the Soul” tour for April 11, 12, 18 and 19 at Seoul’s Jamsil Olympic Stadium, according to its music label, Big Hit Entertainment.

“The current global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has made it impossible at this time to predict the scale of the outbreak during the dates of the concert in April,” the agency said in a statement.

South Korea reported 256 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total number of infected in the country to 2,022. (REUTERS CONNECT)

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