By Andrea Aro
The Philippine Blood Center on Friday appealed to the public to continue donating blood, stressing that people should not be afraid to donate as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cannot be transmitted through transfusions.
The PBC’s supply of blood was reduced after its partner agencies such as schools and offices were forced to stop operation to curb the spread of the viral disease, said Dr. April Andal, Philippine Blood Center Medical Officer III in a report from ABS-CBN News.
“Sobrang kaunti po dahil nag cancel ‘yung mobile blood donations natin dahil sa pagtigil ng pasok ng mga estudyante, pagsasara ng mga kumpanya at siyempre, bawal na lumabas ang mga tao,” Andal said.
(The supply is very little because mobile blood donations have been canceled due to the closure of schools and offices and, of course, people were not allowed to go outside.)
Andal appealed to the public to continue donating blood.
“Dahil bumababa ang supply, nag-release tayo ng panawagan na sana patuloy pa din silang magdonate ng dugo,” she said.
(The (blood) supply dropped and we are calling on the public to continue donating blood.)
Andal advised potential donors not to be afraid to donate as the COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through blood transfusions.
“Hindi po siya (COVID-19) nasasalin via blood donation, via blood transfusion so wag po tayo matakot,” she said.
(COVID-19 cannot be transmitted via blood donation, via blood transfusion so do not be afraid to donate.)
Andal added that potential donors will be picked up from their homes by regularly sanitized vehicles to ensure their safety.
“Marami po tayong extra precaution para ma-ensure ang mga donors natin na hindi sila magkakasakit pag nagdonate sila ng dugo,” Andal said.
(We have a lot of extra precautions to ensure that our donors will not fall ill after donating blood.)
“Wala pong admitted na pasyente sa aming institusyon. Kami po ay COVID-free,” Andal said.
(We don’t have any admitted patients in our institution. We are COVID-free.)
The entire Luzon was placed under enhanced community quarantine last March 17 until April 12, 2020 following the rapid surge of coronavirus cases in the country.