Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bicol's gov't hospitals to be put on 'code white alert' during 'Undas'
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 27 (PNA) -- Bicol's health office will place all government hospitals in the region under “code white alert” or “on-call” mode during the traditional celebration of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, also known as 'Undas'.

The alert will be effective from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, regional health official, Ken Nuyda, said.

“During this period, hospital personnel, such as general and orthopedic surgeons, anaesthesiologists, internists and nurses will be ready to respond in any emergency situation,” he said.

Nuyda said the health department's Health Emergency Management Bureau Operation Center will continuously monitor health-related events during the period and will be closely coordinating with other agencies, such as the Philippine National Police and Bureau of Fire Protection.

He said they did not participate in the "Lakbay Undas Assistance Centers" with the PNP and radio groups stationed along the highways as they will concentrate their personnel in hospitals and the operation center at their regional office in Legazpi City.

Nuyda said since last week, personnel of the health office have been calling on the public to have a healthy and safe observance of 'Undas'.

They have advised the public to avoid diarrhea or food poisoning by ensuring proper food preparation and sanitation.

"Food-borne illnesses are usually caused by food produced for mass catering which have not been cooked, stored or handled properly,” he said.

Nuyda said the regional health office has also appealed to the public to avoid overcrowded places and overloaded utility vehicles when going to cemeteries.

Parents have been advised to refrain from bringing babies and toddlers to cemeteries where they are vulnerable to diseases due to their low resistance to infection, heat and congestion. (PNA) CVL/GVR/JH/EDS