Hospitals on alert for All Saints’ Day

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THE Department of Health (DOH) has placed all hospitals and medical centers throughout the country on Code White alert from October 31 to November 3 to prepare for any health-related incidents that may occur during the observance of All Saints’ Day.

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Acting Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin said a Code White alert was declared to ensure the availability and mobilization of medical teams during emergency situations.

Garin added that their health emergency management staff operations center will be on a 24-hour duty from October 31 to November 3 to monitor any health-related events.

She advised families to bring their own food and water when visiting their dearly departed in cemeteries to avoid diarrhea or food poisoning.

Garin also appealed to bus companies to deploy more buses that will ferry passengers to the provinces to avoid overcrowding and overloading that may result in accidents.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will also be on full alert beginning today.

PNP spokesperson Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor said more than 41,000 police personnel will be deployed, supported by some 50,000 civilian volunteers who will assist in law enforcement and public safety operations in cemeteries and memorial parks, bus terminals, sea ports, airports, major tourist destinations, vital installations, places of worship and travel routes.

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