Blood collection drops to critical level during pandemic—Philippine Blood Center

Aileen Cerrudo

The Philippine Blood Center (PBC) reported that blood collection has dropped to critical level amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to PBC director Director Dr. Pedrito Tagayuna, from the average blood collection of 4,000 to 5,000 bags of blood per month it dropped to 1,400 last March and further dropped to 440 last April.

“Ang blood collection natin nasa critical level na. Down to 10 percent kami ng usual namin na blood collection, (Our blood collection is now at critical level. It is already down to 10 percent compared to our usual blood collection),” he said.

Due to this the PBC is encouraging the public to donate through their mobile blood donation. According to the Department of Health (DOH) Department Memorandum No. 0124 series of 2020, individuals who wish to donate would still need to follow social distancing protocols.

The mobile blood donation event should also last for only four hours and should only accommodate 50 blood donors per activity. The elderly, pregnant women, and persons with co-morbidities are not allowed at the venue.

Barangays, home owners associations, or any association should contact the PBC, through (02) 8995 – 3846, if they want arrange a mobile blood donation event. AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

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