Over 200 Filipinos were rushed to first aid stations during the annual procession of the Black Nazarene, which sees millions of devotees flocking to the streets of the Philippines capital, Manila.
On Wednesday morning, the procession of the image of the Black Nazarene – known as Traslacion – set off from Quirino Grandstand in Luneta at 5am, with an anticipated five million devotees expected to join in the event. The 6.4-kilometer-long procession ends at the Quiapo Church, Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
By early afternoon, two first aid stations set up around Quiapo Church were attended by about 200 victims of dizziness, fainting, foot wounds, hypertension and other ailments, GMA News reported.
One of the first aid stations said two of their patients had to be taken to the Ospital ng Maynila and the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical center respectively. One had a history of strokes and another sustained a suspected fracture.
The annual procession is held every January 9 in Manila. Due to the massive number of devotees disrupting the flow of traffic, the Philippine government suspends work and classes.