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Thursday, 05 April 2018 00:00

Philippine Red Cross celebrates World Health Day 2018

On the occasion of Health Services Month this April, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) joins the celebration of World Health Day on April 7, 2018 with this year’s theme of, “Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere.”

The PRC, led by its Health Services continues to enhance its health care services through its core programs: Primarily Healthcare, and Health in Disasters and Emergencies (HIDE).

“The Philippine Red Cross is committed to deliver quality and efficient health care services for all Filipino individuals, families, and communities not only here in the country but also across the globe. Through our highly trained and capable community volunteers and health care professionals, the PRC delivers timely medical responses during emergency and disaster,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.

Gordon also added that with the steadfast support from its partner national societies and other Health organizations, the PRC continues to innovate in the field of health services.

The PRC recently showcased itsPRC's Emergency Medical Unit (EMU) with Surgical Capacity, which can accommodate special services such as delivery, basic surgery, laboratory, and in-patient observation.

Recent deployments of the EMU were during the height of the Marawi siege and the Traslacion 2018 that catered to individuals who needed medical attention.

The PRC is also actively collaborating with the local government, private sectors, and different non-government organizations to intensify health promotion and education campaigns in the country.

In the recent measles outbreak in Maguindanao, Lanao Del Sur, Sulu and Zamboanga City, the PRC mobilized its health volunteers on the ground to help in the referral of those affected people especially children to local health facilities and hospitals.

PRC also assisted in the vaccination activity in different communities and conducted information dissemination on health and hygiene reaching approximately 2,100 children in Taguig and Zamboanga City.

In 2017, the PRC was able to reach 2, 019, 524 individuals in 4,000 communities by providing basic health services through its 5,300 trained 143 Community Health Volunteers (CHV) and 425 implementers and responders.

These efforts are also being duplicated and intensified by different PRC chapters in their respective areas of responsibility nationwide.

To know more about the PRC Health Services’ programs and activities, visit our website at like our Facebook page @phredcross or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @philredcross.

The Philippine Red Cross, as the foremost humanitarian organization in the country, has 103 chapters with two million volunteers nationwide that is always first, always ready and always there to provide round-the-clock humanitarian assistance, especially to the most vulnerable. 

Aside from disaster responses, the other services of the Philippine Red Cross include blood, safety, welfare, health, volunteer and Red Cross youth.