PGH calls for blood donations as stock reaches critical level

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 24, 2021   •   238

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is calling for blood donations to replenish its diminishing supply.

“The PGH blood stocks are in very critical levels,” the PGH said in its Facebook page.

PGH is encouraging voluntary, non-remunerated, non-pre deposit, non-replacement donors, in accordance with the Republic Act 7199: National Blood Services Act.

For interested donors, PGH is urging online scheduling. The blood donor center is open 7 days a week, including holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Interested donors would need to fill-out an online form for assessment.

For mobile blood drives, it can be coordinated through the UP-PGH Blood Bank. AAC

PGH halts emergency room admissions

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) on Tuesday (August 24) announced that it will temporarily stop accepting patients in its emergency room.

In an advisory, the PGH said it is tending to more than 100 COVID-19 patients, majority of whom are in need of intensive care, high-flow oxygen, and ventilators.

The hospital said, allowing further admissions would compromise the safety of their patients and staff.

“Malalagay lang sa peligro ang kapakanan ng mga pasyente, at pati na rin ang aming mga kawani kung ito ay hahayaan naming madagdagan pa,” the advisory read.

The hospital apologized for the inconvenience and advised patients to coordinate with PGH Transfer Command Center. AAC


RT-PCR COVID-19 test not required for blood donors – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Healthy individuals who wish to donate blood are not required to undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test and submit their negative results at blood banks, the Department of Health’s (DOH) National Voluntary Blood Services Program said on Tuesday.

During the Laging Handa public briefing, program manager Dr. Marites Estrella explained that eligible blood donors undergo pre-screening before they head to blood banks.

“Hindi na po natin kailangan ng RT-PCR Test para po mag-donate ng dugo kasi unang-una po ang mga nagdo-donate ng dugo ay yung mga healthy individuals lang,” Estrella said.

“Of course, yung health protocols natin kung ano yung mga symptoms ng COVID-19 at exposure nila, tinatanong na rin natin yan,” she added.

Estrella said that blood donors must be aged 18 and 65 years old, must weigh at least 50 kilograms and do not have co-morbidities. They must also be well hydrated, and have at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep before donating blood.

She advised those who wish to donate blood to call or coordinate with nearest blood center for the pre-screening.

Estrella said blood donations declined by 22 percent in 2020 following the imposition of community quarantine restrictions in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

From 1.38 million units of blood in 2019, she said only 1.04 million units of blood were collected last year.

“Ang atin kasing suplay ng dugo dapat one percent of the total population… Bumaba po ang collection natin ng dugo mula po ng magkaroon tayo ng lockdowns at mayroon po tayong restrictions,” she said.

Estrella added that donated blood units are used for individuals undergoing dialysis and other patients in need of transfusion.

“Mayroon tayong mga pasyente na nagka-COVID na nagda-dialysis araw-araw, mayroon tayong mga bumaba ang hemoglobin at kailangan nilang salinan… Bumaba ang platelet na kailangan din pong salinan depende po iyan,” she said.

To address declining donated blood supplies, Estrella said the DOH has adjusted its policies by intensifying its blood services network with other concerned agencies.

“Kung wala pong type A doon sa isang hospital at mayroong maraming type A doon sa pangalawang hospital, yun po ay nagsi-share sila para lang po matugunan ang pangangailangan ng ating mga pasyente sa kanilang transfusion ng dugo bawa’t araw,” she said.

The DOH encouraged the public, especially young people, to donate blood to ensure adequate supply amid the pandemic.  RRD (with details from Correspondent Janice Ingente)

PGH resumes accepting COVID-19 patients

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) resumed accepting COVID-19 patients today following Sunday’s fire that hit some sections of the hospital.

However, the hospital’s surgical services remain suspended as the fire hugely affected the critical operating rooms for delicate and advanced surgical procedures such as neurosurgery and heart transplantation.

Specifically, five sterilization units of the said ward have been affected. It is also where the hospital’s support system, such as surgical supplies, are stored.

PGH director Dr. Gerardo Legaspi said they are doing their best so that the facility can resume its normal operations as soon as possible.

“Ang malaking naapektuhan sa amin iyong aming kakayahang magbigay ng serbisyo sa pag-opera pero handa naman kaming mag-umpisa sa lalong madaling panahon para maituloy ito, maaaring hindi kasing-dami noong dati but slowly maghahanap po kami ng paraan,” he said.

Legaspi said they are now coordinating with other hospitals to augment critical surgery operations especially for patients with immediate surgical needs.

Dr. Legaspi noted that it would take at least three to four months before the fire-hit facility can return to normal operations.

“Pero hindi po namin hihintayin yun para makapag-opera ulit. Mayroon na pong mga collaborations na ginagawa with other hospitals and of course with the PGH system adjustments para maumpisahan na ang pag-opera on a regular basis,” he assured.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has no final result yet on its investigation into the incident though claims said the fire started from a defective electrical cable.

The PGH has asked donations for the repair and restoration of the damaged facility as Dr. Legaspi estimated the damaged facility to reach P50 million. MNP (with reports from Marvin Calas)


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