The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is all set for this year’s Holy Week Safety Assistance operations by deploying 1,500 staff and volunteers to provide first aid assistance and ambulance service, which started on March 26 to April 1.
All PRC Chapters nationwide are on alert 24/7 to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of commuters expected to go to their respective destinations or vacation sites this long weekend.
“In anticipation of the influx of travellers as well as people mobility in places of worship this Holy Week, the Philippine Red Cross ensures the safety of the general public by setting set-up first aid stations, welfare desks, as well as providing ambulance service in areas where people are likely to converge,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.
PRC has set up a total of 180 first aid stations and deployed 75 ambulance units in different areas nationwide. There are also welfare desks to provide psychosocial support, referral assistance, and tracing assistance for people with missing relatives/companions.
These efforts are stationed in 45 major highways, 25 bus terminals, 10 gas stations, 50 churches, 25 beach areas, as well as 10 sea and air ports. 15 stations are also set up in areas like parks, mountains with pilgrimage areas, and other public places nationwide.
Last year, PRC helped a total of 8,342 people with 527 minor cases which included an increase in blood pressure, sprain, headache, dizziness, jellyfish sting, abrasion, insect bite, food allergy, fainting, and dysmenorrhea, among others.
The PRC also provided medical assistance to 17 major cases which included chest pain, body weakness, difficulty of breathing, suspected fracture, seizure, multiple trauma, animal bites, dizziness, and laceration with severe bleeding.
Moreover, 85 patients were provided ambulance transport due of drowning, emergency childbirth, back pain, difficulty of breathing, suspected fracture, multiple wound, chest pain, and Epilepsy.
PRC, led by its Safety Services, reminds everyone about its 10 Road Safety Commitments to ensure public safety:
I commit to:
- Use a seatbelt
- Wear a helmet if riding on a motorcycle
- Drive at a safe speed and distance as necessary for the condition I am in
- Not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Not use a mobile phone when driving
- Be visible as a pedestrian or cyclist
- Know and respect the highway code
- Maintain my vehicle in a good condition
- Be licensed and trained for the vehicle I am driving
- Know how to act in case of a car crash
PRC also has a First Aid PH app, which offers instant access to instructions on how to administer basic first aid, as well as preparedness tests for a variety of possible incidents. The app can be accessed even when offline. You can download it for free on Apple App Store for iOS devices or Google Play for Android devices.
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 alwaysthere to provide round-the- clock humanitarian assistance.
PRC services include disaster management, health, welfare, blood, volunteer service, and Red Cross youth.