THE Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) aided 69 patients during the Indak-Indak sa Kadayawan celebration on August 19, 2023.
Ezzra James B. Fernandez, CDRRMO Operations Assistant, shared insights during a broadcast via the Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) on Tuesday morning, August 22. He highlighted that the highest number of patients requiring assistance was observed during the Indak-Indak Street dance event.
Fernandez noted that most patients reported symptoms of body weakness and fainting. Alongside these incidents, many individuals suffered from dehydration due to the elevated temperatures, as the activities commenced around 2 pm.
Immediate first aid was administered to the 69 individuals, while others were promptly transferred to local hospitals for further treatment.
In one instance, Fernandez mentioned a participant who experienced body stiffening due to severe dehydration. The CDRRMO promptly transported the patient to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) for urgent medical attention.
The CDRRMO underscored the importance of staying hydrated, particularly for participants exposed to direct sunlight. Fernandez recommended that contingents assign at least one personnel member to provide water to the dancers, given that the primary challenges faced by dancers were elevated temperatures and dehydration.
Fernandez also bared that some participants fainted due to inadequate food intake before their performances.
During the Pamulak sa Kadayawan event on August 20, the CDRRMO attended approximately 50 patients while they assisted one patient during the Konsierto sa Kadayawan.
Fernandez thanked the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committee (BDRRMC) members stationed strategically along parade routes and street dancing venues. He added that without their help, responding to people in need would be difficult. RGP