DOH Advises Nazarene Devotees to Avoid Street Foods

DOH Advises Nazarene Devotees to Avoid Street Foods -- While selected schools (Colegio de San Juan de Letran and University of Sto. Tomas) gave suspension of classes notice to students and employees, the Department of Health (DOH) gave strong advise to the devotees of the Black Nazarene to avoid street foods.

Those who will attend the procession are advised  to bring their own food and water, for health reasons, since most of the foods in the streets could be "unsanitary" due to exposure to dust particles and other pollutants.

DOH also discouraged the devotees in bringing their children to avoid various risks. Health Secretary Enrique Ona said:
Devotees are also advised not to bring along children during the Feast of the Black Nazarene to avoid injuries due to stampede and jostling. Also, small children or infants who are most vulnerable to diseases can easily get sick in these crowded environments
Ona further said that during the event, DOH emergency health teams will be on stand by with the National Capital Region Medical Team stationed at the Quirino Grandstand, so do take note of this. Also, there will be waiting ambulances courtesy of public hospitals such as San Lazaro Hospital and Philippine Orthopedic Center.
The following are the locations of emergency medical teams, in case of accidents.
  • Quirino Grandstand near Museo Pambata
  • National Museum
  • Post Office/Liwasang Bonifacio
  • Metropolitan Theater area
  • Mercury Drug near Quiapo Church
  • City State Hotel along Quezon Boulevard
  • 7-11 Quezon Blvd North Bound
  • UST Lerma
  • Palanca Street near Ayala Bridge
If you will be driving tomorrow, please be aware also of the existing truck ban law and pipe laying works in C5.

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