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Duterte Calls For Blood Donations from Coronavirus Survivors To Help Severely Ill Patients

DUTERTE – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte urged coronavirus survivors to donate blood to treat patients who were severely ill.

As of Wednesday, April 8, the Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are now 3870 2019 novel coronavirus cases, 182 deaths, and 96 recoveries. Medical workers are among the victims of the deadly virus from China.

On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte decided to extend the “enhanced community quarantine” in Luzon due to the rising death toll. Several provinces and cities also extended their ECQ up to April 30, 2020.

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Based on a report from Philippine News Agency, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte urged people who have recovered from the disease to donate blood. Health experts found out the antibodies could help improve the condition of severely ill COVID-19 patients.

The 75-year-old chief executive made this call lauding the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) for their discovery.

“Ang pag-asa natin is — including UP, itong atin ipagmalaki rin natin ang mga doktor natin. Iyang mga bright. ‘Yung na — gumaling na, nagkaroon na ‘yan sila ng antibodies,” he said.

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According to the report, the spokesperson of UP-PGH, Jonas del Rosario, earlier asked for blood donations from coronavirus survivors. President Duterte said the blood of the survivors would really help them fight coronavirus.

“Ang mga taga-UP they are trying to figure out na ‘yung nakalabas na sa – lahat na nagmamag – mag mabuting-loob kayo. And I think kung ako, I should volunteer. That is the way of thanking God that you have survived…”

“Magpakuha kayo kasi ‘yun ang dugo ninyo — ‘yung plasma ninyo ‘yun ang i-inject doon sa mga tinamaan,” he added.

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