The Department of Health (DOH) “strongly advised” devotees who will attend Wednesday’s Black Nazarene procession to bring their own food and avoid eating from street stands.
By Camille Diola | PhilStar.com
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) “strongly advised” devotees who will attend Wednesday’s Black Nazarene procession to bring their own food and avoid eating from street stands.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona said street food and snacks, which he called “unsanitary,” are exposed to dust particles and other pollutants.
Saying the advise would help avoid unfavorable incidents and injuries, Ona encouraged devotees that bringing their own water would also prevent dehydration.
He also discouraged them from bringing their own children along as the mobbed procession on Wednesday may expose them to various risks.
“Devotees are also advised not to bring along children during the Feast of the Black Nazarene to avoid injuries due to stampede and jostling. Also, small children or infants who are most vulnerable to diseases can easily get sick in these crowded environments,” Ona said in a statement on Tuesday.
DOH emergency health teams will also be on standby with the National Capital Region Medical Team stationed at the Quirino Grandstand, Ona said.
Ambulance teams from public hospitals such as San Lazaro Hospital and Philippine Orthopedic Center will also be available.
Ona furthermore advised the public to approach emergency medical teams on standby in the following locations in case of incidents:
- Quirino Grandstand near Museo Pambata
- National Museum
- Post Office/Liwasang Bonifacio
- Metropolitan Theater area
- Mercury Drug near Quiapo Church
- City State Hotel along Quezon Boulevard
- 7-11 Quezon Blvd North Bound
- UST Lerma
- Palanca Street near Ayala Bridge