Ambulances, medical booths in Manila on Independence Day
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines' 117th Independence Day celebrations in different parts of the country are expected to draw large crowds on Friday, June 12.
In Manila, the health department will deploy ambulances and set up medical booths to ensure the health and safety of those who will join the celebrations. (READ: Why celebrate Philippine independence on June 12?)
Two ambulances will be located at the perimeter of the Quirino Grandstand and the Luneta Park flag pole, according to Health Secretary Janette Garin.
Each ambulance includes an emergency response team composed of 3 doctors, 3 nurses, and a team leader. They will be on standby on Friday for 10 hours, starting 7 am to 5 pm.
This year, Vice President Jejomar Binay will lead the 8 am flag raising ceremony which is part of the Independence Day celebration in Luneta Park. (READ: Aquino to mark 117th PH Independence in historic Iloilo town)
Booths will also be up along the Binhi ng Kalayaan garden path near Taft Avenue for medical, dental, and optical services which will be provided by health professionals from the following hospitals:
- San Lazaro Hospital
- Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center
- Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Medical Center
- Philippine Orthopedic Center
- East Avenue Medical Center
Here are tips from the health secretary for people who will join the Independence Day celebrations:
- Bring your own food and water to prevent food and water-borne diseases
- Wear comfortable clothes
- Use the portalets when urinating
- Bring medicines
- Bring hand sanitizers, wet wipes, and rain coat
- Identify location of medical stations
- Provide children identification cards with contact name and contact numbers in case they get lost
Garin advised the elderly, young children, and disabled persons to skip Friday's celebrations. – Rappler.com