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Red Cross sends additional blood supply to dengue-stricken Iloilo, Aklan

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By Tara Yap

Iloilo City—The Philippine Red Cross has sent additional blood supply to both Iloilo and Aklan, two of the five provinces in Western Visayas region under a dengue outbreak.

A father of dengue patient talks to a volunteer of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in Balasan town, Iloilo province. PRC has provided medical tents as patients overflow with a dengue outbreak.  (PRC photo)

A father of a dengue patient talks to a volunteer of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in Balasan town, Iloilo province. PRC has provided medical tents as patients overflow due to dengue. (PRC photo)

A total of 165 units of frozen blood products were sent to both provinces as dengue cases and deaths continue to rise.

Senator Richard Gordon, who is also PRC chairman, has assured the quick availability of blood supply, especially plasma and cryoprecipitate that are very much needed in complicated cases of dengue.

“We keep track of the supplies in all our blood facilities in the country. In the event, the blood supply in a specific facility drops to a critical level, we will know immediately which nearby facility can provide additional products,” Gordon said in a statement.

Aside from blood supply, the PRC has also provided medical tents for dengue patients in Balasan town, Iloilo province that has 40 beds. The district hospital under the Iloilo provincial government has only 25 beds, but patients have reached more than 200.

Secretary Francisco Duque III of the Department of Health (DOH) has recognized the efforts of the PRC during a meeting with governors and mayors in this city last week.

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