COVID-19 Survivors Donate Blood Plasma To Help Severely Ill Patients
COVID-19 – Three Pinoy COVID-19 survivors have donated their blood to help infected patients.
On Tuesday, April 7, Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte extended the “enhanced community quarantine” in Luzon following the rising death toll in the country. Provinces and cities also extended their quarantines until April 30, 2020.
Scientists and health experts around the world are doing their best to come up with a vaccine or cure to end the pandemic. In February, the head of the World Health Organization’s health emergency program, Dr. Mike Ryan, said convalescent plasma could save the life of severely ill COVID-19 patients. He said it is “effective and life-saving.”
In a previous article, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte urged all COVID-19 survivors to donate blood. He said they could donate their blood to Philippine General Hospital.
“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,” Duterte said.
On April 9, 2020, three (3) COVID-19 survivors responded to the President’s call. They donated their blood plasma to PGH to help the infected patients.
In a Facebook post, the spokesperson of PGH, Jonas Del Rosario, lauded the three “brave and healthy” COVID-19 survivors. He said their blood could potentially improve thee condition of other patients.
“On April 9, 2020 (Araw ng Kagitingan), the first 3 brave and healthy Covid 19 Filipino survivors generously donated their blood for the Convalescent Plasma Therapy vs Covid 19 to the Philippine General Hospital. They rose above the stigma and showed the world that their plasma is a gift of life…”
“Salamat Ian Frias, Gale Arranz at Kain Soriano!!!!” he added.
The three coronavirus survivors were praised by the netizens for donating blood to infected patients. Here are some of their comments on the post:
@Jocelyn Villegas: “God bless the new heroes of today”
@Angel Mencias: “Thank you po sa inyo malaking tulong po kau sa ating mga kababayan”
@Aleck Pulido: “Thank you very much and may the Lord continue to keep you in good health you are our heroes too.”
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