Over 1,000 devotees seek medical aid during Traslacion 2019

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) — A total of 1,613 devotees joining Traslacion, the annual procession of the Black Nazarene, Wednesday sought medical assistance as of 7 a.m. Thursday, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) said in its latest update.

Of this number, 62 individuals suffered "major cases" such as laceration, "difficulty in breathing," dizziness, and blunt instrument injury while 603 experienced difficulty in breathing, fainting, abrasion, bruises, laceration, toothache, nose bleeding, sprain, hypoglycemia, foot swelling.

Four were transported to the nearest hospital, while 197 participants sought psychosocial support. Seven hundred forty seven had their blood pressure monitored.

The PRC said it deployed 12 first aid stations along the procession's route, one emergency medical unit, 50 ambulances, one rescue truck, among other medical equipment and facilities.

The image of the Black Nazarene arrived at the Quiapo Church in Manila Thursday at 2:21 a.m,, the entire Traslacion taking 21 hours to complete.

The annual Traslacion started from the Quirino Grandstand at 5:00 am, covering a six-kilometer-long route.

READ: Traslacion 2019: The image of the Black Nazarene proceeds to Quiapo Church

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