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Red Cross assists 9,065 Holy Week accident, drowning victims


By Jel Santos

Over 9, 000 people, including individuals involved in road accidents and drowning incidents, were assisted by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) during Holy Week.

PRC data showed that a total of 9,065 were helped by the humanitarian organization’s volunteers and personnel due to various health issues.

“There were eight major cases recorded such as seizure, loss of consciousness and fracture, while 493 patients sustained wounds, others suffered from sprain, muscle cramps, dizziness, and vomiting,” the PRC said in a statement.

From April 14 to 22, PRC deployed a total of 2,000 staff and 150 ambulances nationwide.

PRC Chairman Richard Gordon lauded their staff and volunteers for serving the public during Lent.

In Kalinga, PRC staff and volunteers responded to a road crash in Binongsay Road, Barangay Malin-awa,Tabuk City, where an elf truck fell off a cliff after losing its brakes. Eight people died while 16 got injured, the humanitarian organization said.

Meantime, in Calatagan, Batangas, the PRC rushed to Batangas Medicare Hospital a 12-year-old boy who almost drowned.

PRC fire trucks and ambulances responded to fire incidents that took place in Quezon City and Laguna last April 20. The fire in Laguna consumed a paper mill in Cabuyao.

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