THE Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) has called on the public to voluntarily donate blood, especially for platelets.

Dr. Myra Yee, PNRC-Blood Center manager, said supply for whole blood at the Blood Bank is sufficient but they lack supply for platelets, especially type A and B.

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“The supply for platelets is erratic since it is freshly extracted from fresh whole blood. If the blood is already placed in the refrigerator, we can no longer extract the platelet,” Yee said.

But compared with the previous month where a shortage of blood has been recorded, Yee said the PNRC is now picking up with at least 15 to 20 walk-in blood donors per day as well as scheduled bloodletting activities for this month.

As of Thursday morning, PNRC was able to collect 336 units of blood from walk-in donors excluding bloodletting activity in Barangay 25.

This month of July, the PNRC-Mindanao Regional Blood Center is celebrating the Blood Donor’s Month pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 1021.

In line with the celebration, various bloodletting activities were set by different private and government agencies in Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.

Centered on the theme “Wanted: Young Donors…New Blood for the World,” the celebration aims to hold a massive year-round campaign for voluntary blood donation and information drive that donating blood is not painful yet it saves lives.

“The campaign of PNRC is a continuous work and nothing new, it’s the same advocacy and campaign that we need blood everyday,” Yee said.

In line with the celebration, Yee is reiterating the call for more voluntary blood donors to help increase the supply of blood at the Blood Bank. (Annabelle L. Ricalde)