COVID-19 survivors donate blood to help infected patients

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 10) — Three Filipino COVID-19 survivors have donated their blood plasma to the Philippine General Hospital in a bid to help infected patients.

In a Facebook post, PGH spokesperson Jonas Del Rosario said three "brave and healthy" survivors have come forward on Thursday to donate blood for a plasma therapy which could potentially increase the chances of recovery of other patients from the disease.

"On April 9, 2020 (Araw ng Kagitingan), the first three brave and healthy COVID-19 Filipino survivors generously donated their blood for the Convalescent Plasma Therapy vs COVID-19 to the Philipipne General Hospital," Del Rosario said.

Del Rosario lauded the three who "rose above the stigma and showed the world that their plasma is a gift of life.”

Salamat (thank you), Ian Frias, Gale Arranz, and Kain Soriano!!" he said.

Last week, the PGH revealed that the blood of patients who have recovered from the disease is rich in antibodies that could fight the infection.

The PGH is one of the government's referral hospitals for COVID-19.

Dr. Edsel Salvana, an infectious disease expert and a COVID-19 frontliner from the PGH, earlier said that the plasma therapy is an old method to treat patients as it "works in a lot of diseases."

President Rodrigo Duterte himself recently called on the recovered patients to participate in the procedure.

Senators Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara and Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri, both survivors of the disease, had already expressed their willingness to donate their plasma. Both public officials have contracted COVID-19 last month.

The country has 4,076 COVID-19 cases so far, with 203 deaths and 124 recoveries.

COVID-19 survivors who wish to donate their blood may contact 155-200 or visit the PGH's Facebook page for more details.