Despite the recent increase in dengue cases in some regions of the country, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has assured the public that its blood supplies are adequate for dengue patients.
The Department of Health (DOH) has reported recent increases in dengue cases starting at the end of March this year.
The DOH also bared that from April 10 to May 7, most of the dengue cases were from Region 9 (908 cases), Region 7 (881 cases) and Region 3 (593 cases).
In response, the PRC conducted dengue awareness and prevention activities to help the DOH in its efforts to curb the continuous increase in the number of dengue cases in the country.
The PRC also reminded the public of the need to always practice the 4-S campaign to prevent the dengue virus: Search and destroy breeding places, secure self-protection, Seek early consultation, and support fogging/spraying in hot spot areas.
In addition, the PRC encouraged healthy individuals to donate blood regularly through its 100 facilities nationwide to save the lives of dengue patients.
“Makatitiyak ang ating mga kababayan na laging sapat ang supply ng dugo ng Red Cross para sa mga nangangailangan, lalo ngayong panahon ng tag-ulan at nariyan na naman ang banta ng dengue sa atin. [We assure our fellowmen that Red Cross have enough supply of blood for those who need it, especially this rainy season where there is a threat of dengue],” PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon said.
As of June 20, PRC has served 700 blood units to 239 dengue patients.
For immediate blood requests and other inquiries, contact the PRC Blood Call Center, which may be reached nationwide by dialing 143.