MANILA - At least 1,100 inmates at the Manila City Jail male dormitory participated in the World First Aid Day celebration through a scenario-based training on Saturday.
Jail Insp. Nelmar Malimata, Community Service Unit chief of the city jail, said the program is an opportunity to educate and provide quality first aid training to detainees who are exposed to illness due to jail congestion.
“Kapag gabi kasi sila-sila lang ang magkakasama sa selda so walang makakapag-respond agad kasi nandiyan sila sa loob,” Malimata said.
(They are together in their cell at night and no one could immediately respond (to emergencies) because they’re inside.)
There are currently 5,505 male prisoners at the male dormitory, more than three times its 1,800 capacity.
Some prisoners disclosed that many of them constantly suffer from heat stroke and shortness of breath. They said they do not know how to respond to such situations.
Von Ryan Ong, Philippine Red Cross safety services manager, said the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is focusing on addressing exclusion through first aid this year.
“First aid for all. Hindi porke’t nasa kulungan po ‘yung mga kasama natin is hindi na sila mabibigyan ng chance para matutong magbigay ng first aid,” Ong said.
(Just because they’re detained, it doesn't mean they would no longer get the chance to learn how to give first aid.)
Aside from the Manila City Jail, there were also first aid trainings at schools and malls all over the country.