Soldiers donate plasma for COVID patients

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    FIFTY-THREE soldiers from the Cebu City-based AFP Central Command, who have fully recovered from COVID-19, donated plasma yesterday to help COVID-19 patients recover from the disease.

    The blood-letting was done by the command in collaboration with the Department of Health-Central Visayas, Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

    Fifty other soldiers, also from Centcom with no COVID-19 history, also donated blood during the ceremony, which was dubbed “Donate Blood, Save A Life, Be A Hero.”

    Some hospitals have resorted to convalescent plasma transfusion to help treat COVID-19 patients while experts are still developing a vaccine.

    “All efforts must be geared towards battling COVID-19,” said Centcom commander Lt. Gen. Roberto Ancan of the plasma donation.

    He encouraged other soldiers who have likewise recovered from COVID-19 to also donate their plasma and “help patients who are still battling the infection.”

    Marine Col. Noel Beleran, new head of the Naval Task Group-National Capital Region, on Tuesday visited Navy and Marine personnel manning checkpoints in Cavite, Las Piñas City, and Marikina City.

    Navy public affairs officer Lt. Cmdr. Maria Christina Roxas said the visits were meant to “boost the morale of the Navy personnel stationed in the different quarantine controlled areas in the nation’s capital and nearby provinces.”