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Dick assures PH Red Cross’ help amid nationwide dengue alert

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By Shane Juan

Senator Richard Gordon has ordered the Philippine Red Cross to deliver blood to dengue-stricken provinces in the country after the Department of Health (DOH) declared a National Dengue Alert.

Gordon, PRC’s chairman, said the delivery aims to ensure blood is readily available for dengue patients.

“Due to the rapidly increasing number of dengue cases observed in several regions in the country, we anticipate an increase in the demand for blood. The PRC renews its commitment to provide safe and quality blood, especially in the dengue-hit areas. We have already arranged for the shipment of blood in some provinces. We will do the same for other provinces,” he said.

Gordon said he initially ordered PRC to deliver 130 units and 35 units Tuesday (July 23) to Iloilo and Aklan, respectively.

Earlier, Gordon ordered the deployment of air-conditioned emergency medical tents to serve as extension wards to accommodate the overflow of dengue patients in Iloilo.

The senator made the reponse after Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque requested assistance from PRC due to rising dengue cases to the province.

Four sets of emergency medical tents were deployed from the PRC warehouse in Subic which arrived in Iloilo via ferry last Saturday (July 20), while another four sets were deployed via C130 on Sunday (July 21).

“PRC’s medical tents will help decongest the overloaded wards and provide comfort to the patients and their families. Similar to how we addressed the measles crisis earlier this year, we will continue to work with DOH to identify and fill the needs in the most affected communities,” Gordon said.

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