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By: Mylen Manto | Published Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Capitol encourages those who wish to donate blood to do so at Cebu provincial hospitals located in Balamban town and the cities of Carcar, Bogo, and Danao.

During the mayors’ consultative meeting on June 17, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said Capitol-run hospitals will be conducting bloodletting activities to help augment the blood supply in Cebu.

“I already asked Dr. Giango to instruct all our chiefs of hospitals to conduct. Dili gyud kinahanglan nga naay specific day, ongoing nalang nga kadto rang gusto mu-donate at any time makaadto sa hospital,” she said.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Cristina Giango said the bloodletting activities have been continuously done in the provincial hospitals even before the Covid-19 pandemic because of the availability of blood refrigerators in these facilities.

She admitted that people have hesitated to donate blood because of the pandemic.

Department of Health (DOH) 7 Director Jaime Bernadas said there is a need to continue the bloodletting activities so the blood bank will not run out of blood supply.

“Ang atong nalimtan na is ang voluntary blood donation. Ang pinaka-importante karong panahona is the availability of blood,” he said.

“We cannot afford to lose our blood supply mao na nga ako gi hangyo ni Gov please reinforce us with your power to continue with the bloodletting activities,” the health chief added.

Bernadas said that before blood is extracted, a donor may undergo a rapid test to check if the donor is free from Covid-19.

Garcia assured that only medical technologists of the provincial hospitals will perform the bloodletting. (Mylen Manto)