TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Cagayan Provincial Health Office (PHO) and Cagayan Valley Medical Center (CVMC) are encouraging the public to donate blood in a bloodletting activity in SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown on Monday, October 30.
CVMC Medical Technologist Reggie Parayno said in Philippine Information Agency Region 02’s Tipon-Tipan that they are targeting to get 100 bags or more in their fourth quarter bloodletting actvity.
PHO’s Maria Lourdes Bangan said, “Ibang feeling na alam mong nakatulong ka [sa tao].” She also said that a bag of blood can already save the lives of three patients.
Donating blood is also part of “a healthy lifestyle,” Parayno noted.
The activity is conducted to encourage the public to donate voluntarily in bloodletting activities, Parayno said.
PHO Medical Technologist Eva Accad said there were individuals who have already signed in their pre-registration. She said people 18-65 years of age can donate blood.
She added that blood donation can save lives of people such as dengue patients and road accident victims.
Meanwhile, Parayno reminded those who plan to donate to “stay healthy,” have a good diet, and exercise. He said prospect donors may be rejected “depending on the blood” of the donor or if they are “unhealthy.”
Females can donate blood “every three months,” said Bangan. Meanwhile, males can donate every 52 days, she added.
Parayno said the number of blood donors is increasing but the demand in CVMC is also increasing as well, saying “mahirap itong sabayan.”
He said, ideally, CVMC needs 86 bags of blood daily to sustain its demand.
He also said that the hospital actually consumes 11,000 bags a year.
Further, Bangan explained that the shelf life of blood is usually 30 days, thus the need for more donors.
Bangan said the World Health Organization stated that 1.3 million Filipinos should donate blood. However, in 2016, only 900,000 donated.
Meanwhile, Parayno assured that CVMC blood bank staff is careful in handling blood donations and that they follow “procedures” and are “well-trained.” Northernforum.net