DOH declares Code White Alert on All Saints' Day

The Department of Health (DOH) today disclosed that all DOH-retained hospitals and Centers for Health Development nationwide will be on Code White Alert on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day for any eventualities that may arise.

DOH Logo“A Code White Alert is declared when there is a mass gathering or national event,” Health Secretary Enrique Ona said, adding that medical teams will be ready for deployment in the event of mass casualty incident and/or requested by local government units.

Ona explained that Code White Alert means readiness of hospital manpower like general and orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, operating room nurses, opthalmologists, and otorhinolaryngologists.

Also during Code White Alert, emergency service, nursing and administrative personnel residing at the hospital dormitory shall be place on an ‘on-call’ status for immediate mobilization.

The health chief also said that the Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS) operations center will be on active surveillance on November 1 and 2 to monitor any health or health-related emergencies.

The DOH also coordinated with other responding agencies such as Bureau of Fire Protection, Metro Manila Development Authority, Philippine National Police and local health units for assistance.

HEMS Director Dr. Carmencita Banatin revealed that people also can report any health or health-related incidents through their hotlines at 711-1001 or 711-1002.

Meanwhile, Ona appealed to transport owners to deploy more buses to bring people to provinces and avoid overcrowding and overloading of passengers, which oftentimes are causes of accidents.

Ona also advised people going to cemeteries to bring their own food and water to avoid diarrhea, or even food poisoning.

He warned against patronizing ambulant foods peddled inside cemeteries. Some of these foods are green mangoes, hotdogs, juices/gulaman & sago, barbecues, and the like. He said that the safety and sanitation of these foods are doubtful, as these might have been exposed to dusts and other disease-causing organisms.

“It would be better not to bring along babies and small children to memorial parks, as they are vulnerable to contracting diseases due to heat and congestion,” Ona concluded.

Source: DOH