Soldiers under the Army’s 40th Infantry Battalion have donated blood to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) during the bloodletting activity Sunday at the St. Louis Hospital in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat.
Lt. Col. Rogelio Gabi led the 40IB troops in donating a total of 20 units or some 10,000 ml of blood expected to extend the lives of recipients.
Health officials said the activity aims to increase the depleting blood supply which is fast decreasing because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid19) crisis.
“Our hospital is in need of blood units almost every day, the demand for blood units in every hospital does not decrease but the number of blood donors significantly decreased due to the effect of Covid19,” said Dr. Vanessa Del Muro, chief of St. Louis Hospital, the beneficiary of the activity.
Gabi said the blood donation was part of the troops’ civic duty.
“The precious blood donated by our troops will be used by an unknown recipient but our men will always be grateful knowing that they will soon save a life,” the Army official said.
Aside from the troopers, the donors also included militiamen under the supervision of the 40IB.
Source: Philippines News Agency