You can be heroes: PH Red Cross appeals for more convalescent plasma donors

Published March 27, 2021, 11:02 AM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Amid the recent exponential increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases nationwide, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is appealing for more donors of convalescent plasma.

(Photo from PH Red Cross)

“COVID survivors can become heroes,” said PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senator Richard J. Gordon as he encouraged individuals who have recovered from the disease to donate their much-needed plasma at the PRC’s convalescent plasma center to help those who are still infected.

“COVID-19 cases are rising to unprecedented heights recently that we lost in five days what we have gained in five months,” Gordon said. “We need to have sufficient supply of convalescent plasma to help those who are confined in hospitals due to the disease,” he added.

PRC said that convalescent plasma therapy may be given to people who are hospitalized with COVID-19 to help them recover since it could lessen the severity or shorten the length of the disease.

Gordon noted that PRC has served 686 patients from 88 hospitals from July 13, 2020 to March 25, 2021, dispensing 784 units of plasma. However, according to current inventory, the PRC convalescent plasma center only has eight units of plasma.

“With a number of hospitals, especially those that are dedicated for COVID-19, now at full capacity due to the exponential rise in cases, we can help prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed by donating plasma since COVID patients will recover in a shorter time,” Gordon added.