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WANTED: Blood donors

ALABEL, Sarangani (January 27, 2021) – In a bid to reach the 1% target for blood donation, the provincial government of Sarangani, thru the Provincial Health Office (PHO), continues to partner with agencies in conducting blood-letting-related activities in the province.

“We opt to reach the 1% of the population na maging blood donors which will be around 6,000 units, in order for the province to become sub sufficient with the blood supply,” said Federico ‘Bong’ Yadao, medical technologist of the PHO.

On January 22, the Sarangan Eagles Club teamed

up with the Sarangani Police Provincial Office, the provincial government, and the League of Mayors (LMP-Sarangani) in the conduct of the Blood-Letting Activity and the One-Stop Shop Caravan in the registration and renewal of License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF).

“This is the first big event na ginawa ng Eagles Club since we were organized last November 2020, of course with the support of our partners,” said Board Member Joseph Calanao, president of Sarangan Eagles Club.

Calanao said Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon has considered a budget under the Dugtong-Buhay project of the Provincial Health Office. It is P800,000 for the year 2021, according to Yadao.

Yadao noted the budget would go to the “blood-screening processes for transmittable diseases” like HIV 1 and 2, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, and Malaria to guarantee blood safety.

The Dugtong-Buhay project of the PHO was established to “ensure adequate supply of safe and non-remunerated blood and other blood products for transfusion,” which targets to support “disaster-related health emergencies, as well as indigent patients and pregnant women.”

Yadao said last year’s national directive banning blood donations due to the COVID-19 threat, immensely influenced the supply of blood which led to only 3,000 units collected in the province for 2020, and not being able to reach the 1% target.

Of the seven municipalities, however, Alabel, Kiamba, and Maitum succeeded to reach the 1% target.

As an act of “recognizing the volunteerism of the blood donors,” Calanao said the provincial government gave 10 kilos of rice and canned goods to each of the uniformed personnel donors on January 22.

“We are looking forward na ipagpatuloy pa natin itong blood-letting activity na ito because it will really help us in times of crisis, kasi kapag mayroong nagdonate ng dugo, may buhay na madudugtungan,” Calanao said.

According to the Philippine Red Cross, blood donations in the country can reach up to 500,000 blood units per year. (Jori Mae R. Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Photo by Jake Narte

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