Planning to take part in the activities marking the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila this week? Bring your umbrellas, drink lots of water, wear loose and comfortable clothing, and be wary of street food.
These were among the health tips issued Monday by National Epidemiology Center head Dr. Enrique Tayag, as millions of devotees are expected to take part in the festivities.
“Bring (an) umbrella to cover from rain or to get shade against the sun,” Tayag said on his Twitter account.
He also advised devotees to “drink lots of water to prevent dehydration.”
Devotees and visitors were advised as well to “Wear decent footwear to minimize serious wounds or injuries.”
While food vendors are to be banned at the vigil at the Quirino Grandstand, Tayag nevertheless warned devotees to be wary of street food.
“Be careful of street food, you run the risk of food poisoning,” he added.
At the venues of activities that may be crowded, Tayag advised devotees to wear comfortable clothing.
“Do not wear tight clothing for ease of recovery when you faint,” he said. The Black Nazarene
feast honors the life-sized statue of Christ which is believed to have been brought from Mexico to Manila in 1606 by Spanish missionaries. Millions are expected to take part in the activities, from the procession of Black Nazarene replicas on Monday, the Pahalik on Tuesday at the Quirino Grandstand, to the main procession in Quiapo on Wednesday.
For those with allergies, Tayag advised them to “carry tags that list your allergies to aid health responders on medicines you may need.”
He also said those with colds should “cover your nose and mouth when you cough, or better still stay home.”
Tayag said senior citizens who may suffer more from unintentional injuries during procession should stay home.
Tayag warned devotees against carrying pointed objects. “You may hurt others,” he said.
He also dissuaded them from bringing young children along, as “they can get crushed from the huge crowd.”
For those joining the procession or walking long distances, Tayag advised them to stretch their feet and legs, and massage the soles with oil after the procession.
“For swollen, hot or tired feet soak in cool water then elevate your feet for half an hour,” he added.
He also advised those who feel chest pain not to hesitate to seek help.
“When you do not feel well Shout for help Do not dismiss even bearable chest pains,” he said.
He also advised them not to hold their urine. “Find a location to find comfort,” he said.
Medical teams on standby
Tayag assured devotees medical teams will be on standby and on white alert, but advised them to know their location for easy access.
“Expect the unexpected Better still, be prepared for them They happen when you thought they will not,” he added. KG, GMA News
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