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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 19, 2020   •   1335

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)

PGH calls for blood donations as stock reaches critical level

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is calling for blood donations to replenish its diminishing supply.

“The PGH blood stocks are in very critical levels,” the PGH said in its Facebook page.

PGH is encouraging voluntary, non-remunerated, non-pre deposit, non-replacement donors, in accordance with the Republic Act 7199: National Blood Services Act.

For interested donors, PGH is urging online scheduling. The blood donor center is open 7 days a week, including holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Interested donors would need to fill-out an online form for assessment.

For mobile blood drives, it can be coordinated through the UP-PGH Blood Bank. AAC

RT-PCR COVID-19 test not required for blood donors – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Healthy individuals who wish to donate blood are not required to undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test and submit their negative results at blood banks, the Department of Health’s (DOH) National Voluntary Blood Services Program said on Tuesday.

During the Laging Handa public briefing, program manager Dr. Marites Estrella explained that eligible blood donors undergo pre-screening before they head to blood banks.

“Hindi na po natin kailangan ng RT-PCR Test para po mag-donate ng dugo kasi unang-una po ang mga nagdo-donate ng dugo ay yung mga healthy individuals lang,” Estrella said.

“Of course, yung health protocols natin kung ano yung mga symptoms ng COVID-19 at exposure nila, tinatanong na rin natin yan,” she added.

Estrella said that blood donors must be aged 18 and 65 years old, must weigh at least 50 kilograms and do not have co-morbidities. They must also be well hydrated, and have at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep before donating blood.

She advised those who wish to donate blood to call or coordinate with nearest blood center for the pre-screening.

Estrella said blood donations declined by 22 percent in 2020 following the imposition of community quarantine restrictions in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

From 1.38 million units of blood in 2019, she said only 1.04 million units of blood were collected last year.

“Ang atin kasing suplay ng dugo dapat one percent of the total population… Bumaba po ang collection natin ng dugo mula po ng magkaroon tayo ng lockdowns at mayroon po tayong restrictions,” she said.

Estrella added that donated blood units are used for individuals undergoing dialysis and other patients in need of transfusion.

“Mayroon tayong mga pasyente na nagka-COVID na nagda-dialysis araw-araw, mayroon tayong mga bumaba ang hemoglobin at kailangan nilang salinan… Bumaba ang platelet na kailangan din pong salinan depende po iyan,” she said.

To address declining donated blood supplies, Estrella said the DOH has adjusted its policies by intensifying its blood services network with other concerned agencies.

“Kung wala pong type A doon sa isang hospital at mayroong maraming type A doon sa pangalawang hospital, yun po ay nagsi-share sila para lang po matugunan ang pangangailangan ng ating mga pasyente sa kanilang transfusion ng dugo bawa’t araw,” she said.

The DOH encouraged the public, especially young people, to donate blood to ensure adequate supply amid the pandemic.  RRD (with details from Correspondent Janice Ingente)

MCGI collaborates with Philippine Blood Center for mass blood donation drive

Marje Pelayo   •   April 30, 2018

 

Philippine Blood Center Technical Division head Dr. Francis Dematera receives recognition from MCGI representative Bro. Danny Navales for allowing the organization and ADD Foundation to use PBC’s facilities for the blood donation drive.

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Over 700 volunteers from Members, Church of God International (MCGI) flocked to the grounds of Philippine Blood Center (PBC) on Saturday, April 28, in a regular mass blood donation drive.

The group was able to donate a total of 452 units of blood that could save countless lives.

Blood donations were extracted using the center’s state-of-the-art facilities with volunteers from MCGI assisted by PBC’s in-house staff for better facilitation.

“Nakikita kasi natin na ang Center naman ay open sila. Nakita natin na mas magiging kumbinyente kung dito natin ito gaganapin,” MCGI Representative Brother Danny Navales said.

(We know that the Center is very open. We figured that it would be more convenient to conduct the event at the center.)

Donors enjoyed the “opportunity of sharing” as it benefits not only the recipient of their blood donations but their own health as well. Also, they believe that donating blood is more than monetary donations.

“Kasi po pagbibili po ng dugo sa ibang institution, mahal po, naasa 2,000 pesos. Pero kung makakapagbigay tayo ng dugo, wala man po tayong pera, parang nakapagbigay na po tayo ng pinansyal na tulong sa kanila, wala man po tayong pera lalo na po sa mga wala at kapos,” said Vernie Mangacer, a blood donor.

(When you buy from other institutions it can cost up to P2,000. But by donating blood, it’s almost as if you’ve given financial help to those in need.)

The PBC management, meanwhile, expressed their gratitude for the massive support that the MCGI rendered in the said blood donation drive.

“Natutuwa kami na dito mismo sa Philippine Blood Center ang activity na ito.  Lubos po ang pasasalamat namin sa pamunuan ng Ang Dating Daan, kay Bro Eli at Bro. Daniel Razon. Maraming-maraming salamat po,” Dr. Francis Dematera, the Head of PBC’s Technical Division exclaimed.

(We are happy that they held this activity right here at the Philippine Blood Center. We are very grateful to the leadership of Ang Dating Daan, to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon. Thank you very much.)

MCGI has been in partnership with PBC in this endeavor for six years now. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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