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Lapu-Lapu City residents urged to donate blood

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The Lapu-Lapu City government will hold a blood donation drive today, Thursday, in response to those who desperately need red blood cells and plasma.

Mayor Junard Chan will lead the city in voluntarily donating blood.

“I am with you in this donation activity. I will donate my plasma because plasma from COVID survivors like me have enough antibodies to kill the virus,” Chan said in a statement. (https://bit.ly/2ZzWORT)

He also encouraged other survivors to join in the donation drive.

The city’s voluntary blood-letting activity is in answer to the growing demand for blood, especially among Covid-19 patients and those hit by dengue.

Chan said that Covid-19 survivors who wish to donate blood must be 18 to 65 years of age; weigh more than 50 kilograms; must have the result of a swab test that is negative; and must have at least 14 days without any symptoms of the ailment.

Female survivors must not have experienced pregnancy before and must not have donated blood before.

The blood donation drive is the city government’s initiative, with the support of the Department of Health, Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, and the Philippine Red Cross.