THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Negros Occidental-Bacolod City Chapter renews its commitment to public service, particularly through its bloodletting program that helps save lives.
This was highlighted as the new set of officers was elected during the 11th Chapter Assembly held at the MassKara Hall of the Bacolod City Government Center last Friday.
From January to July this year, the chapter collected a total of 5,906 units of blood.
Retired judge Demosthenes Magallanes, outgoing chairman of Board of Directors, said that in 2016, the chapter collected a total of 9,455 units of blood.
“We have enough supply of blood to serve more Negrenses,” he said.
He added that everyday, they receive blood donations from various groups or associations in Negros Occidental.
The chapter is conducting bloodletting program in various cities and municipalities in the province.
The Red Cross ensures that donating blood is a safe opportunity to give the gift of life. Each needle used in the procedure is sterile and is disposed after a single use.
It is important that all blood donors are in good health, well-rested, and have eaten prior to donation.
Of the 48 blood types, there are four main blood types A, B, O and AB.
Magallanes said the “Type O” blood is the most in demand in the blood bank while “Type AB” is rare.
“Anybody can get blood supply, but they need to present a blood request from the physician and preferable card donor,” he said.
The Red Cross is collecting a P1,500 processing fee because they are also paying their medical team.
Bacolod City Councilor Bartolome Orola had earlier asked the PRC, through its Chairman Richard Gordon, to possibly reduce the blood processing fee for legitimate indigent patients with a valid donor card.
Orola said the indigents aired their concerns and grievances as they cannot afford the added burden of raising such funds every time they request for blood issuance.
Magallanes said the chapter is different from government facilities because they also need funds to pay their personnel and to maintain their facilities.
He said the processing fee has an approval from the Department of Health.
Magallanes said the new set officers will help the chapter find more blood donors to help those in need.
Aside from Magallanes, elected were Francis Joseph Jalandoni, Ryan Gamboa, Alfredo Barcelona, Hans Francis Ferraris, Jorge Lim, Eduardo Go, Eugenio Lacson, Bryant Lao, Em Ang, Jude Thaddeus Sayson, Caesar Distrito, Ma. Isabel Lizares, Roberto Montelibano, Ernesto Coo, Arthur Cooper, Manuel Escalante, Benjamin Ortega, Wilson Chong, Arthur Yap, Greg Gasataya, Carlos Ganihong, Christine Toledo, Joel Chua and Paul Lizares.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on August 21, 2017.
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