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PRO-7 chief asks recovered cops to be plasma donors

65 more policemen recover from COVID-19

By: Immae Lachica - General Assignments Reporter/CDN Digital | July 22,2020 - 03:12 PM



Another batch of  policemen ‘graduated’ from their COVID-19 infection on Wednesday morning, July 22, 2020. Their graduation ceremony was held at the CREMDEC in Barangay Taptap, Cebu City. | Screen grabbed from PRO-7 live video via Immae Lachica

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro, director of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), is asking cops who have recovered from COVID-19 to be plasma donors.

Ferro made this request following the “graduation” of 65 recovered cops on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at the Cebu City Resource Management and Development Center (Cremdec) in Barangay Taptap here.

In a video message to the newly recovered cops, Ferro greeted them with a joke before heading to his request to all the recovered cops.

“Ano masaya na kayo? Marami na kayo [recovered] ngayon? Pwede na mag trabaho ka agad?” said Ferro.

(Are you happy? That there are quite a number of you who have recovered? Can you report to work immediately?)

Then he went on and asked the cops to extend help to those who are still fighting the virus.

“Ako lang hangyo sa atong mga recovery that you will [extend help to] the Makatao Malaskit Plasma Donors Program. Okay ba? Mag donate ba mo?” added Ferro.

(All I ask from those who have recovered is that you will [extend help to] the Makatao Malaskit Plasma Donors Program. Is that okay? Are you going to donate?)

Read: Newly developed treatment for COVID-19 unveiled in Cebu

Individuals who have recovered from their infection could save the lives of those who remain sick of COVID-19 by making a donation of their convalescent plasma.

The use of Hybrid Therapeutic Plasma Exchange and Convalescent Plasma Therapy, which involves the removal of the bad plasma and replacing it with good plasma from donors, is currently being considered as a treatment to COVID-19.

The blood plasma of survivors is believed to contain antigens and antibodies that are needed to fight the rather new virus.

With the additional 65 recoveries,  202 policemen from PRO-7 have now recovered from the deadly disease. They still have 99 active cases.

Ferro hopes that some of his men will be among those who can help those still fighting COVID-19. /bmjo

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