AFP personnel donate blood in Cebu

Published August 12, 2020, 2:18 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – Personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Central Command (Centcom) took part in a bloodletting activity Tuesday, August 11, initiated by the Department of Health Central Visayas (DOH-7) and Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV).

Soldiers from Central Command take part in a bloodletting activity on Tuesday. Among those who donated blood are soldiers who recovered from coronavirus disease. (Photo via Calvin D. Cordova/MANILA BULLETIN)

          Among those who donated their blood were Centcom personnel who recovered from coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

          “The Philippine Army, Air Force and Navy participated in the bloodletting activity to help people here in Cebu towards their recovery. We always look for the welfare of the people, and through our small way, we could protect them and help save lives,” said Lt. Gen. Roberto Ancan, commander of Centcom.

          Centcom cited some scientific studies showing that convalescent plasma, the liquid part of the blood, may be instrumental in treating COVID-19 patients due to the presence of antibodies that can potentially neutralize and fight off the virus; likewise, boosting their immune system. 

During the activity, Centcom had 53 plasma donors and 50 regular blood donors.                    

“All efforts must be geared towards battling COVID-19. Taking part, we are donating blood, of course, with the voluntariness of our personnel who have recovered from COVID-19 to help other patients who got infected with the virus outside Camp Lapulapu. We encourage fully recovered patients to donate their plasma so as to help patients who are still battling the infection,” Ancan said.