PH Red Cross calls on public to donate blood for World Blood Donors’ Day

Published June 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Jel Santos

As the commemoration of World Blood Donors’ Day nears, the Philippines Red Cross (PRC) on Wednesday called on the public to donate blood to save lives.


Every June 14, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donors’ Day.

PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said the need for blood “has not abated amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.”

He reiterated that the country faces a shortage of blood supply, which could place the lives of patients, including accident victims, at risk.

“We need your help. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in our country, there are persons in hospitals now who are badly in need of blood transfusions like cancer patients, accident victims, people with blood disorders, mothers who are giving birth, and so many others, and with a limited supply of blood nationwide, we are in danger of running out,” Gordon appealed.

More blood donors would ensure that the country’s blood supply would be replenished adequately, the PRC chairman said.

“We don’t want to get to the point where surgeries have to get cancelled or other similar dire incidents that could arise. That’s why we are asking everyone to come out and volunteer to donate blood and save lives.”

Those who wish to donate blood, Gordon said, may call the PRC at its 143 hotline or (+632) 8790-2300.

“Donors would be screened first to check if they are qualified. Those with recent travel history abroad would not be allowed to give blood until 14 days after their arrival.”

According to PRC, they will be strictly enforcing social distancing in their offices to ensure the safety of the blood donation procedure.