UNTV News and Rescue Team, local paramedics assist over 100 cases of minor injuries

UNTV News   •   January 9, 2018   •   3968

MANILA, Philippines — With the hot weather condition and the massive throng in Quiapo area, many of the attendees of this year’s Traslacion passed out and were rushed to medical booths installed for such cases of emergency.

As of 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, there have been 50 individuals provided with medical assistance by the UNTV News and Rescue Team.

Many of them sustained minor injuries, while one was rushed to a hospital due to suspected stroke.

The Fire Emergency Paramedic Assistance Group or FEPAG, on the other hand, was able to assist 51 individuals.

As of 3:15 PM, the Philippine Red Cross was able to assist 726 patients, 41 of them sustained major injuries such as suspected neck and spine fracture.

“Mas marami ang minor wounds, abrasion, cuts, punctured, compared dun sa mga dizziness na high blood. Meron lang kaming isang case na suspected stroke. Kasi may manifestation nga sa stroke symptoms kaya iniadvise ng DOH na for transport. Ang naghatid yung UNTV News & Rescue,” FEPAG Chief Operations Wilky Lao said.

(There are more minor wounds, abrasion, cuts, punctured, compared to dizziness from high blood pressure. We only had one case of suspected stroke. Because there was a manifestation of stroke symptoms, DOH had advised for transport. It was UNTV News and Rescue that transported the patient.)

According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), as of 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, an estimate of 760,000 people flocked to Quiapo to attend the Traslacion. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

Traslacion suspended anew in 2022 due to pandemic – Manila LGU

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The annual ‘Traslacion’ will be suspended in 2022 due to the persistent threat of COVID-19, the city government of Manila said Friday.

Instead of procession, a motorcade will be held instead in selected areas in Manila.

In a statement, the city government said the decision was reached following a consultation between the officials of Quiapo Church and the local government.

Also present during the meeting were representatives from the Manila Police District (MPD), the Philippine Red Cross, the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, and the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau.

According to MPD Director General Leo Francisco, a minimum of 8,000 police personnel will be deployed during the event.

Additional manpower may be deployed depending on the situation and the alert level status of the city of Manila come January 2022, he added.

In 2021, the city government also suspended the Traslacion due to the pandemic.

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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