The parishes of the Panamanian Archdiocese will have a health team that will become the first filter of attention of the pilgrims of the World Youth Day (WYD), to be held in Panama from January 22 to 27, 2019, reported today an official source.
To date, 40 parish teams have been formed that will donate their time to this service in favor of the youth of the world, indicated the Local Organizing Committee of the WYD.
Tomás Vásquez, coordinator of Health of the Organizing Committee, said that it is the first time in this event that there is a staff of attention in the areas and venues of parish catechesis.
These teams are trained not only in medical care, but also in the pastoral and catechetical component that promotes the humanization and sensitization of health personnel at all levels.
This will allow that after the WYD ends, in the communities these parochial health committees will be established.
Vasquez noted that according to the background of previous conferences, the cases of emergencies that occur are below 1 percent, in situations such as dehydration, heat stroke, gastroenteritis and other stomach discomfort caused by the change of diet.
WYD is expected to gather around half a million people between 22 and 27 January 2019 in Panama, including young pilgrims, priests, nuns and journalists from around the world.
The organizing committee of the religious meeting reported late last month that more than 200,000 pilgrims have already registered and that more than 5,000 journalists are expected to arrive.
At the last WYD, held in 2016 in the Polish city of Krakow, more than 1.6 million pilgrims attended, while at WYD in Rio de Janeiro (2013) there were more than 3.5 million.
The Panamanian president, Juan Carlos Varela, has indicated that the WYD is not only from Panama, but that it is an event throughout Central America.