According to a report from Balitanghali Weekend’s Vonne Aquino, a man who collapsed on the streets of Manila was left on his own for over an hour. Zaldy Maguigad, a bystander and medical professional, attempted to seek help for the man but was unsuccessful.
Maguigad posted a video of the man who collapsed along Remedios Street corner Taft Avenue. “Nanginginig po siya na nakabaluktot. So ako bilang isang siyempre sa medical din po tayo nagtatrabaho ang tingin ko na doon pagka kasi ganoon, ‘matic meron po siyang fever,” he said.
[He was shivering. As a medical professional my first instinct was to consider that he had a fever.]
He explains that other bystanders cordoned off the area so that the man would not be disturbed. Maguigad tried to contact authorities for help but was rebuffed by all of them. According to him, the Red Cross Manila Chapter, the 143 Emergency Hotline, the Ospital ng Maynila, and San Lazaro Hospital all gave different reasons for why they could not assist the foreigner.
Maguigad mentioned that he told Red Cross Manila that the man looked Chinese and they claimed there were no available ambulances. Meanwhile, 143 Hotline stipulated that the man would need accompaniment on the ambulance. Ospital ng Maynila simply referred the man to San Lazaro Hospital who did not pick up on his calls.
Ultimately, the foreigner stood up on his own after over an hour on the ground. The Manila Public Information Office announced that the man was simply a Korean who had been drunk. They verified this when the man showed up to Barangay 696’s barangay hall looking for his belongings.
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