Red Cross-Ilocos Sur appeals for blood donations

VIGAN CITY — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Ilocos Sur chapter appealed to the public to donate blood to sustain the supply as most of their blood donation activities had been called off due to the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

In an appeal posted on its social media site, the PRC-Ilocos Sur said that many scheduled blood donations have been postponed because of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

Veronica Tactay, administrator of PRC-Ilocos Sur chapter, said “We need your help since our blood stocks are getting low but the patients needing blood are steadily increasing.”

She said that due to high demand for blood, their blood service is operating 24/7 for dispensing safe blood to those who are in need. 

With this, Tactay called on to those who are interested in donating blood to contact or to proceed to the PRC-Ilocos Sur Chapter office located beside the Provincial Capitol at Burgos Street in this city to help replenish their blood bank. 

Likewise, the PRC-Ilocos Sur Chapter also caters to community-based mobile blood donation as it is exempted from any restriction in the conduct of mass gatherings in accordance to Department of Health’s Memorandum No. 2020-0124 which ensures blood safety and adequacy for COVID-19 response. 

“The blood donation can be conducted provided that the activity shall observe social distancing measures and shall be finished within four hours,” she told the Philippine Information Agency.

She added that the activity should also be limited to a maximum of 50 donors who are healthy and residents of the area. 

Moreover, the elderly, patients with co-morbidities, pregnant women and patients with fever and severe respiratory symptoms will not be allowed in the venue of the blood donation activity. 

“The need of patients never stops. Help us to provide safe blood to our patients confined in hospitals. Blood cannot wait. Find a hero in you,” she said.

She assured the public that the safety of willing blood donors is their priority and the staff strictly follow protocols such as frequent hand washing and sanitizing, use of face masks, regular disinfection of equipment and social distancing.

“We are in need of more blood donors. Help us to save lives. You may contact us through landline at (077) 722-2684 or in our mobile number: 0917-542-3796 / 0917-519-0107. We are open 24 hours,” Tactay said.