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Hospital workers, patients joining earthquake drill in Butuan City

BUTUAN CITY, June 17 -– Hospital workers, including doctors, nurses and ambulatory out-patients of MJ Santos Hospital here will join the simultaneous nationwide earthquake drill on Friday, June 18, at Montilla Boulevard, in this region’s capital city.

Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director Dr. Blanche T. Gobenciong said the earthquake drill would focus on MJ Santos Hospital where an estimated 250 workers and out-patients were expected to participate.

Exempted from the drill are admitted patients and watchers only.

MJ Santos Hospital management sought the earquake drill to know the needs and what to do in case of earthquakes while inside hospital premises. MJ Santos will serve as a pilot hospital for the drill.

Gobenciong also said that the earthquake drill hoped to educate and help hospital administrators on how to respond before, during and after the earthquake.

Gobenciong said that schools, hospitals and establishments, who want to conduct the drill, could coordinate with the OCD for scheduling.

She said they would provide a free briefing for the hospital administrators and participants on what to do during the nationwide drill.

The nationwide earthquake drill is part of the continuing implementation of the National Disaster Coordination Council's (NDCC) Four Point Plan of Action for Disaster Preparedness.

“We are also open to other hospitals, both government and private to join the nationwide drill,” said Gobenciong. (PNA) RMA/MUC/mec

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