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PH Red Cross encourages blood donations amid COVID-19 pandemic

Philippine Information Agency
27 May 2020, 07:38 GMT+10

SAN FERNANDO CITY, May 27 (PIA) - The Philippine Red Cross La Union San Fernando City (PRC LU-SFC) Chapter continuously encourages blood donations amid coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic here.

In a Kapihan sa Ilocos Special COVID-19 Edition guested by the said agency on May 8, PRC mentioned that blood donors may still visit their office which is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

PRC also said that even local government units (LGUs) are urged to support mobile blood drives, but such gathering of donors must be manageable and are limited only to very small groups.

"Our blood supply is gradually declining, that is why we only have one another as suppliers," said PRC LU-SFC Chapter Administrator Almira Abrazado during the program.

RED CROSS ENCOURAGES BLOOD DONATIONS AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC - Philippine Red Cross La Union - San Fernando City Chapter administrator Almira Abrazado encourages regular blood donors, individuals and local government units (LGUs) to donate amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation during the Kapihan sa Ilocos Special COVID-19 Edition on May 8, 2020 held at the PIA Regional Office 1 in San Fernando City, La Union.(JTQ/PIA 1)

She also said that the past month's enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and the current general community quarantine (GQC) greatly affected the mobility and transport of those who regularly want to donate, since some of them were not allowed to go outside of their homes.

"We call on individuals and the LGUs to help us support our mobile blood-letting activities in the community, but this will be done with the strict health measures, following the existing GCQ guidelines," Abrazado added.

Abrazado also said that blood donation activities must be done within four hours with a maximum of 50 donors, but in cases that the LGU-organizer has targeted more, an additional schedule will be organized.

PRC LU-SFC is strictly implementing health and safety protocols pursuant to PRC Admin Memo No. 12, series of 2020 which states the complete guidelines in holding blood donations.

Aside from blood donations and disaster response operations, the PRC LU-SFC Chapter has also accomplished installing a COVID-19 active hotline, and mobilized 18 personnel and 417 volunteers which catered 899 families that were profiled through community-based surveillance.

"As of May 8, a total of 205 blood units were collected and has dispensed 318 blood units to 151 patients," said PRC Chapter Chairperson Ed Regala during the Kapihan.

RED CROSS ENCOURAGES BLOOD DONATIONS AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC - Philippine Red Cross Chapter Chairperson Ed Regala encourages residents of the province to donate blood amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation during the Kapihan sa Ilocos Special COVID-19 Edition on May 8, 2020 held at the PIA Regional Office 1 in San Fernando City, La Union. (JTQ/PIA 1)

Regala said that PRC also served about 600 hot meals to about 218 individuals, and provided welfare assistance, and psychosocial first aid and health or hygiene promotions to 42 individuals and 32 frontliners, respectively.

As part of their community relations, the PRC has provided 1,099 surgical masks, 580 cloth masks, 330 face shields, basic personal protective equipment (PPEs), gloves, overshoes and scrub suits including alcohol and non-contact thermometers to frontliners.

Moreover, hygiene kits, relief packs and vitamins were also received by frontliners from PRC.

In closing, Abrazado said that, "Blood saves lives, let us help one another to provide these to those who are immediately in need amid the COVID-19 pandemic that we are into."

The PRC LU-SFC Chapter continues to implement its mandates relative to COVID-19 pandemic according to Department of Health (DOH) issued Memorandum No. 2020-0124 or the interim guidelines on ensuring blood safety, and adequacy for COVID-19 response, and supported by the PRC Administrative Memo No. 5 series of 2020 relative to the blood services interim guidelines on COVID-19. (JCR/AMB/AHFF/PIA 1)

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