THE Department of Health (DOH) in the National Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday opted to place on “Code White Alert” status all hospitals and health facilities in its jurisdiction for Holy Week.
In a statement, DOH-NCR Director Dr. Eduardo Janairo said they want to ensure that medical facilities in Metro Manila remain ready to attend to the needs of the public, especially penitents, in cases of emergencies.
u201cAll DOH-retained hospitals and other health facilities at the National Capital Region will be ready to extend immediate assistance in case of emergencies during the celebration of the Holy Week,” said Janairo.
Under Code White Alert, emergency medicines and supplies especially for trauma needs are readily made available at all times at the emergency rooms of hospitals and health facilities.
Medical response teams are also deployed in strategic places in order to provide assistance and immediate care to patients.
“We have increased the supplies of medicines for emergency illnesses and infections and IV fluids for cases like dehydration, diarrhea will be made available for distribution to patients who will be in need of healthcare treatment,” assured the health official.
The move came after the DOH had earlier issued several warnings concerning the conduct of numerous forms of penitence especially during Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
Among them are vigilance against heat stroke and skin sunburn brought by the hot weather as well as diarrhea and food poisoning as may be caused by spoiled foods.
The health department had also issued warnings against those doing self flagellation and crucifixion reenactments as they may be prone to tetanus and wound infection.
“We should always safeguard ourselves from illness as much as possible and prevent sickness from getting the better of us,” noted Janairo. (HDT/Sunnex)