Thirty-six rank and file personnel of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office have been infected with the coronavirus disease, provincial police deputy spokesperson, Lt. Abegael Donasco, said yesterday.
Of the 36 confirmed cases as of yesterday, Donasco said 31 of them have already recovered and resumed their duties, while there are five remaining active cases.
Eleven of the fully recovered police personnel recently donated blood for plasma extraction to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital blood bank in Bacolod City, in line with NOCPPO’s program to help fight COVID transmission.
The plasma will then be transfused to critically-infected COVID-19 patients.
According to the World Health Organization and the Department of Health, the plasma of convalescent persons who have recovered from the disease contains antibodies that can be transferred to critically-ill COVID-19 patients, known as convalescent plasma therapy.
In September, 12 fully recovered NOCPPO police personnel also participated in the donation drive.
Donasco said that the five policemen infected by the virus are now being quarantined in the different healing facilities in Negros Occidental.*GPB