By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) said that all public hospitals will be on ‘Code White’ alert in preparation for any possible emergencies that may happen during the annual observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that the code white alert would ensure the readiness of the medical staff to respond to any emergency situations.
“Yung mga medical emergency teams ng ating mga rehiyon dapat po ay handa at lahat po ng mga ospital natin ay naka code white–ibig sabihin po niyan ay lahat ng mga off-duty ay dapat natatawagan kung saka-sakaling magkaroon ng emergencies,” the health chief told reporters.
[Our medical emergency teams in all regions should be ready and our hospitals will be placed on code white–meaning those who are on off duty can be called up anytime if ever an emergency situation occurs.]
Moreover, Duque reminded the public to be mindful of their health as they visit their departed loved ones in the cemeteries.
Duque advised them to bring their own water and food to avoid dehydration and food borne-diseases. He also added that the food should be well-prepared and stored properly to avoid contamination. If the food is contaminated, it may result in food poisoning, he said.
The health chief added that it is also advisable not to bring infants and the elderly to cemeteries as they are prone to dehydration and other diseases.
“Planuhin maigi ang pagdalaw sa sementeryo ang pag obserba ng Undas… Mag-ingat po tayo at gawin po nating makabuluhan at makahulugan ang atin pong pagobserba ng Undas,” said Duque.
[Plan your visit to the cemeteries. Stay safe and make the observance of ‘Undas’ meaningful.]
DOT expressed readiness for Undas
In a related development, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has also ordered its regional offices to extend all assistance that may be needed by both foreign and local tourists.
The DOT also welcomed the initiative of the transportation department in “ensuring a seamless travel experience for all” with the ‘Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: UNDAS 2019.’
The tourism department said that ‘May Malasakit Helpdesks’ (MHDs) were set up in all transport hubs nationwide.
“MHDs shall serve as a one-stop shop for passenger assistance in airports, seaports, train stations, and land terminals. Services to be provided include handling transport-related inquiries, complaints, and requests for assistance with TNVS/taxi booking; facilitating refund of terminal fees; providing attestation of cause of trip cancellation or delays; delivering emergency medical assistance; and accepting reports of possible security threats, among others,” it said.