Red Cross election operation assisted more than 11,000 people

May 12, 2016 6:23 am 

MANILA, May 11 — More than 11,000 people received assistance from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) through its first aid stations, ambulance units and welfare desks that were deployed to help ensure the safety and well-being of voters and the public during Election Day on May 9.

PRC Operations Center reported that the PRC was able to assist a total of 11,817 people for their Halalan 2016 operations. Aside from first aid stations, PRC welfare stations were also put up and provided psychosocial support and referral service to 202 individuals.

“Beyond providing first aid and welfare services, our staff and volunteers in the field likewise assisted persons with disabilities (PWDs) and elderly voters who had difficulty finding or going to their polling precincts,” said said PRC chairman Richard Gordon.

In Quezon City, elderly and PWD voters asked for Red Cross assistance in going to the third floor of Don Alejandro Roces Sr. Science and Technology High School to find their voting precincts so they can cast their votes. A concerned individual personally called the Red Cross to send volunteers to assist the elderly and PWDs in the said school.

The national headquarters immediately asked assistance from the PRC Quezon City chapter, which deployed an ambulance team to the area. The team assisted elderly voters and PWDs in walking or going to the school grounds and even going up to the third floor voting precincts.

Meanwhile in Manila, a news report also captured PRC volunteers assisting PWDs and senior citizens in locating their voting precincts at the Ramon Magsaysay High School in Sampaloc.

“As always, I am grateful to our staff and volunteers in the Red Cross who responded to the call of duty to serve during the elections. We would not have been able to assist all those people without our staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to help those in need,” said Gordon.

The PRC put up first aid stations near 360 polling precincts and along 23 highways nationwide for their election operation. Of the total number of people served by the PRC, majority or 11,395 persons were assisted for blood pressure monitoring.

Aside from monitoring blood pressure, Red Cross staff and volunteers manning the first aid stations and ambulance units provided immediate medical care to 153 patients who were seen for minor medical cases like loose bowel movement, contusion, abrasion, dizziness, fainting, hyperventilation, hypertension, asthma, wounds, nose bleeding, hypoglycaemia, headache, fever, and sprain.

There were also 25 people who were given first aid treatment for major cases like epileptic seizure, laceration, dog bite, loss of consciousness, fainting, slight vaginal bleeding, and heat exhaustion.

PRC ambulances transported to hospitals 30 patients for hypertension, vomiting with fever, dizziness, fracture, difficulty of breathing, chest pain, and fainting.

For the election, PRC deployed 355 first aid stations, 52 first aid stations with ambulance units, 63 mobile or roving first aid units, 192 welfare desks, 68 ambulances, and 42 emergency vehicles stationed near major polling areas nationwide.

The national headquarters located in Boni, Mandaluyong City also deployed 11 ambulances and five emergency vehicles within Metro Manila.

More than 300 PRC staff and more than 2,000 volunteers were on duty to man the first aid stations, welfare desks, ambulance units and emergency vehicles for PRC’s election operation. Management and staff of the PRC national headquarters, as well as in all PRC chapters nationwide, also worked round the clock during the election to help monitor the situation in all territorial jurisdictions where PRC has a presence. (PNA)



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