MANILA -- The local government of Quezon City will now require all shopping malls in the city to have a clinic, an ambulance and a medical team that can provide necessary help in cases of emergency.
The city will soon implement City Ordinance number SP-2281, Series of 2014, which requires mall owners to put up an emergency corner for shoppers who might need first aid treatment while inside the mall.
Councilor Jose Mario Don de Leon, the author of the ordinance, pointed out cases such as criminal attacks that can result in stampedes and injuries among mallgoers.
De Leon added that some shoppers with medical conditions might suffer emergencies such as a stroke that could lead to death if not treated immediately.
The ordinance states that the mall medical team should have a paramedic driver, a registered nurse, trauma staff, a crew member and a documenting clerk.
The mall ambulance, meanwhile, should have basic equipment such as a stretcher, an oxygen tank, blood pressure apparatus, code blue kit, C-collar, long and short board and a splint.
The medical clinic and ambulance will be a requirement before a mall can secure a business permit from the city government. -- report from Dexter Ganibe, DZMM