Senator Sonny Angara donated his plasma to a hospital in Quezon City after more than two weeks of fighting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The treatment is convalescent plasma, the liquid component of blood taken from someone who has survived an infection, it can be used as an immune booster and can help to produce antibodies that can help to fight the virus for the benefit of a COVID-19 patients as it was also practiced by the doctors in Wuhan, China and adopted by some nation.
“Gave my plasma and it went straight to a hospital in QC to a man on a ventilator—a severe case of COVID-19. My wonderful doctors say it could save his life as the antibodies of survivors in past viruses have done,”
Angara said in an Instagram post on Monday.
“But right now there is just an informal network of hospitals speaking and exchanging notes as to the survivors giving their plasma,” he added
Angara posted “groufie” with some medical workers in St. Luke’s Medical Center while holding the bag containing his plasma.
Angara called on the Department of Health and the inter-agency task force in charge of COVID-19, and the local government units, to coordinate information to disseminate COVID-19 survivors who wanted to help other patients.
“I wish I could pay it back every day but the protocol is you can only give your plasma as a survivor every 14 days. Pls pass on to any survivor— they can save lives as we speak!” said Angara.
Gave my plasma and it went straight to a hospital in QC to a man on a ventilator- a severe case of COVID19. My wonderful…
This week Angara was allowed to leave the hospital after being confined for almost 10 days and he also quarantined for 10 days at home awaiting the result of his COVID-19 test.
Meanwhile, three more COVID-19 survivors donated plasma to the Philippine General Hospital this week.
COVID-19 survivors who wish to donate blood and plasma may contact PGH through Dr. Sandy Be on 0917 805 3207 or UP PGH COVID-19 hotline 155-200.