DOH assures public of sustained blood donation activities despite lockdown

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 25 2020 03:22 PM

MANILA — The Department of Health on Wednesday said it was finding ways to push through with blood letting activities despite the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon over the coronavirus pandemic.

“That’s one of our challenges now... Because mass gatherings are not allowed," said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire during the Laging Handa briefing in Malacañang. 

“What’s happening now is that our blood donations are reduced, especially now that we can’t have mass blood donation in our local government units,” she admitted. 

Vergeire said they are instead doing “purposive activities” such as going directly to groups for blood letting activities. She said these include uniformed personnel and private organizations.

“Don’t worry. We ensure there is physical distancing. There are schedules. We don’t have people coming together in one place,” she said. 

Vergeire said they hope to sustain the blood collection so the country will have enough blood supply even as millions are confined in their homes amid the coronavirus crisis.