Health officials in the country said on Tuesday they had seen an increase in the number of people dying from “sms” and a decrease in the amount of blood donors in the nation of more than 5 million people.
“We have seen a sharp increase in blood donations,” Dr. Eduardo Castillo, an epidemiologist at the Philippine National Institute of Health and Welfare, told reporters in Manila.
The numbers of “smas” deaths were down from more than 40,000 in April to just 3,000, he said.
Castillo noted that there was also a reduction in donations from the United States and Australia, two of the world’s largest donors to the Philippines, as well as a slight decrease in donations by Europe.
More than 20,000 blood donors have been recruited for the upcoming season, he added.
Meanwhile, in the southern city of Quezon City, a local official said about 200 people died during a mass shooting at a mosque in the city in early March, according to the Philippine Star newspaper.
The official, who asked not to be named, said at the time that it was the second time in a year a mosque had been targeted in a mass killing.
According to the paper, the mosque was attacked in front of other buildings and people during a worship service for the local Islamic community.
No one was killed in the shooting, and a suspect was apprehended.