Private hospitals on standby to provide medical assistance during the May 9 polls

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PRIVATE hospitals in the country declared its readiness to provide medical assistance in relation to the holding of the May 9 national and local elections, and also reminded the public to take care against COVID-19 and other diseases.

During the Laging Handa public briefing, Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PHAPI) President Dr. Jose Rene de Grano said that their members are ready to provide help in case local government units (LGUs) will need medical assistance.

According to Dr. de Grano, private hospitals are ready to send ambulances and medical personnel to respond to voters who may get sick from heat stroke, may faint and others.

Dr. de Grano also reminded that everyone who will vote on May 9 should take extra care.

He explained that people should expect that lines in polling centers may be long and packed with voters, and expect hot and humid weather.

Still, Dr. de Grano reminded the public to still wear their face masks, bring their own alcohol or sanitizer, bring an umbrella, and for those who are still unvaccinated and have not received their booster dose to do this before the elections.

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