THREE coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) survivors have donated their blood to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in a bid to help other patients who are in critical condition to recover.
In a Facebook post, PGH spokesman Jonas del Rosario said the three survivors donated their blood on April 9, Thursday, during the country’s celebration of Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor).
“They rose above the stigma and showed the world that their plasma is a gift of life,” he added.
Del Rosario said the blood would be used for PGH’s convalescent plasma therapy, a classic adaptive immunotherapy applied to the prevention and treatment of many infectious diseases.
He also appealed to other survivors of the Covid-19 to donate blood to patients in critical condition, as they now have antibodies to fight the coronavirus.
Antibodies are proteins produced by the body to neutralize or destroy toxins or disease-carrying organisms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
President Rodrigo Duterte also urged other Covid-19 survivors to donate their blood, citing the PGH’s ongoing study on how transfusion from survivors may help those infected.
Other Covid-19 survivors who are qualified and want to donate blood may contact PGH through its Covid-19 hotline at 155-200.
Del Rosario said they would strictly screen recovered patients to assure that they were fit to donate blood.
PGH was designated by the Department of Health as one of the Covid-19 referral hospitals.