CEBU CITY, July 10 (PIA) -- The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) is spearheading a blood donation drive to augment the supply in the blood banks in Central Visayas.
OPAV is undertaking the said activity in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH-7), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-7), Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-7), and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7).
The activity dubbed "Donate Blood, Save Lives" is in preparation for the rainy season when dengue cases are expected to rise as well as address the need for convalescent plasma among COVID-19 patients.
Aside from local government units (LGUs) and national government agencies (NGAs), the business sector will also be tapped to donate blood.
"Last Wednesday, Secretary Michael Dino headed the launching of a blood donation activity dahil napansin niya na there has been a surge of request for convalescent plasma dito sa Cebu. Napansin din yan dito sa Central Visayas. As of today since January, yung dengue cases tumaas na sa 8,700," said OPAV Assistant Sec. Jonji Gonzales during the Network Briefing on July 10, 2020.
Since January this year, Central Visayas already logged 8,700 dengue cases which is higher compared to last year.
During the virtual presser on July 8, 2020, DOH-7 Chief Pathologist and Spokesperson Dr. Mary Jean Loreche shared that since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, blood donation campaigns have been put on hold.
This led to a dent in the supply of blood at the sub-national blood center in Central Visayas.
"Naghangyo lang mi sa mga tao nga dili mahadlok ug hatag ug dugo (We are appealing to the public not to be afraid to donate blood at this time)," said Loreche.
Meanwhile, the blood donation campaign is also targeting barangays with a high recovery rate for COVID-19.
This is also done to address the need for convalescent plasma among COVID-19 patients who are under critical condition.
Gonzales added that those who will donate blood will receive food packs.
"Ito yung effort talaga yung effort na ginawa natin because we wanted to have a supply of blood in preparation for the dengue season and for convalescent plasma." (poc/PIA7)