By Jel Santos
Four sets of medical tents were sent by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to Iloilo in order to cater to more dengue patients following the rising number of cases.
This was in response to the request of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to support the government’s efforts to address the rising health concern, especially in Western Visayas, where an outbreak has been declared.
The four sets of medical tents, which were from PRC’s warehouse in Subic, were shipped via ferry on Saturday, while another four sets will be deployed via C130 on Sunday, PRC said.
“PRC’s medical tents will help decongest the overloaded wards and provide comfort to the patients and their families. Similar to how we addressed the measles crisis earlier this year, we will continue to work with DOH to identify and fill the needs in the most affected communities,” said PRC chairman Richard Gordon.
The PRC chairman said that they are ready to send more medical tents to Western Visayas if needed.
Also, PRC also ensured the availability of blood supply for dengue patients in its blood center in Iloilo and nearby blood service facilities.
On the other hand, PRC’s community health volunteers intensified its information drive to encourage families to do the 4S of dengue prevention—search and destroy, self-protect, seek early consultation, and say yes to fogging.
“Dengue destruction should be done before it started. Let’s observe proper personal hygiene and keep our surroundings clean to steer away from these diseases.”