Metro Manila gets 101 additional blood units from Eastern Visayas

Published April 22, 2021, 5:17 PM

by Marie Tonette Marticio

TACLOBAN CITY – Aside from sending additional 11 nurses to augment the medical manpower of overwhelmed hospitals in Metro Manila due to the continuous surge of COVID-19 cases, Eastern Visayas also sent additional blood units last Wednesday.

The Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVMRC) has sent 101 units of blood since it has been noted that the blood supply in the hospitals in the National Capital Region is now on a critical level.

The EVRMC sent 20 units of Type AB Rh(Positive) packed red blood cells, 80 units of Type O Rh(positive) packed red blood cells, and 1 unit of Type O Rh(negative) blood to the Philippine Blood Center.

The continuous spike of fresh cases in NCR makes it difficult for blood banks to conduct mobile blood donation campaigns in the communities, causing a shortage of supply.

The blood units that were sent to Manila came from the volunteer blood donors coming from the different local government units in the region in March, where they were able to collect around 1,079 units.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Red Cross in Southern Leyte has also sent 130 bags of blood to its national headquarters in Mandaluyong City.  Chapter administrator Jonas Maco continues to urge the public to donate lives to help save other people’s lives.