With the world commemorating World Blood Donors’ Day recently, Senator Dick Gordon, chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), has renewed his call for more blood donors, reiterating the need for blood amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Gordon stressed the need for blood donors because as country faces a shortage of blood supply, which places the lives of patients, including accident victims, at risk.
“Amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in our country, there are persons in hospitals now who are badly in need of blood transfusions.”
“We need your help. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in our country, there are persons in hospitals now who are badly in need of blood transfusions like cancer patients, accident victims, people with blood disorders, mothers who are giving birth, and so many others, and with a limited supply of blood nationwide, we are in danger of running out,” the veteran legislator said.
The Phillippine Red Cross chairman pointed out that more blood donors will ensure that the country’s blood supply will be replenished adequately.
“We don’t want to get to the point where surgeries have to get cancelled or other similar dire incidents that could arise. That’s why we are asking everyone to come out and volunteer to donate blood and save lives,” the seasoned lawmaker stressed.
“With a limited supply of blood nationwide, we are in danger of running out.”
The senator said those who wish to donate blood may call the PRC’s 143 hotline or (+632) 8790-2300. Donors will be screened first to check if they are qualified. Those with recent travel history abroad will not be allowed to give blood until 14 days after their arrival.
The PRC follows guidelines to ensure the safety of the blood donation procedure, such as physical distancing.
“Your spirit of volunteerism and resilience will help out many in need,” he concluded.