More than 2,000 emergencies during Nazarene procession
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Medical workers and volunteers have so far attended to more than 2,000 emergencies as of Thursday noon, January 9, during the annual Black Nazarene procession in the city of Manila.
At least 12 people were also brought to hospitals.
Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag in a tweet gave a breakdown of the patients' conditions, including stroke, chest pain, fracture, seizure, high blood pressure, dislocation, sprain, and dehydration.
12 sent to hospitals: stroke 3, fracture 2, chest pain 2, 1 each forseizure, hi blood pressure, dislocation, sprain, dehydratn #Nazaren2014— Doc Eric Tayag (@erictayagSays) January 9, 2014
As of 6 pm, Tayag said 1,686 people consulted for health conditions such as abrasions, wounds, dizziness, and fainting. The number includes consultations not related to the procession, he added.
The Philippine Red Cross also assisted 832 other patients.
Update on Feast of Black Nazarene as of 7PM: Total of 832 patients assisted (822 cases, transported-10)— Philippine Red Cross (@philredcross) January 9, 2014
On Wednesday night, January 8, Tayag said 14 medical teams would be deployed for the procession, with DOH hospitals on white alert.
“A Code White Alert is declared when there is a mass gathering or national event,” Health Secretary Enrique Ona earlier said. He said the medical teams would be ready for deployment in the event of mass casualty incident, or as requested by local government units.
The Black Nazarene procession held every January 9 draws millions of devotees from all over the country to see or touch the dark-skinned image of the suffering Christ. (READ: Nazareno: Does it make the Pinoy a better neighbor)
About a thousand were injured in last year's procession, based on reports of various health units. – Rappler.com