Fewer Nazarene devotees hurt in 2014 procession
Compared to last year, there are fewer devotees of the Black Nazarene who got hurt or fell ill during this year’s physically challenging annual procession.
Based on data from the Philippine Red Cross, 854 devotees this year were assisted by the group’s medical teams during yesterday’s grand religious event.
Kenneth Dimalibot, the Communications and Special Projects Consultant of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), told Manila Bulletin Online that in 2013, they extended medical assistance to 1,496 devotees.
Yesterday, Dimalibot said 509 of the patients got minor injuries while 12 patients have to be transported to five affiliated hospitals. At the height of the Traslacion, at least 46 devotees became unconscious due to exhaustion while 39 others got punctured. Dimalibot added that 12 other devotees complained of headache.
PRC’s record also showed 185 devotees got abrasions while 94 experienced lacerations. Three other procession participants are believed to have bone fractures.
The availability of drinking water during the procession resulted in fewer cases of exhaustion and dehydration, Dimalibot added.
PRC mobilized its 11 chapters to respond to injured and ill devotees. They started providing assistance at 4 a.m. of January 9 until 2 a.m. of January 10.