THE Cebu Provincial Government has urged the public to donate blood so as to help public hospitals not run out of supply during the health crisis brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Provincial Health Office chief Dr. Christina Gianggo said the Capitol-run hospitals are open and still accepting blood donations.
However, Gianggo said the threat of Covid-19 had prevented potential donors from going to the hospitals as they have now opted to stay home.
For her part, Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said the bloodletting campaign of the Capitol should continue. She said only the medical technologists will be conducting the bloodletting.
The governor told Gianggo to instruct all hospital chiefs about the mass bloodletting.
To make sure the donor is healthy and free from Covid-19, he will first undergo a rapid test.
During the June 17 meeting of the governor with mayors and other government officials, Department of Health 7 Director Jaime Bernadas said it was important for a hospital to have enough supply of blood.
“We already forgot about voluntary blood donation. The most important thing these days is the availability of blood,” he said in a mix of Cebuano and English.
Interested donors can go to the provincial hospitals in Balamban, Bogo City, Carcar City and Danao City. (ANV)