Group gathered to build up ties

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Monday, June 17, 2013


THE network of people with Rh negative blood in the Philippines recently gathered in Olongapo City and discussed how the group will strengthen their bond in helping one another.

Rh Negative Philippines is a group of people with Rh negative blood, which helps provide blood donors with Rh negative blood through strong bonds with its committed members in helping and saving lives.

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Rh Negative family. Shown in photo are members of Rh Negative Philippines (second row, from left) Terry Malicse, Aldrin Bastador, Lita Otero, Ailene Onda, Arial Angoluan, Iya Granada Bautista, Isabelle Roces, Catherine Beatriz Roces, Marnie Malicsi, Cleofe Quimson, Weng Rodil Abrantes, Rouchel Valdepenas, Kate Guiwan, Kashia Krugel (first row, from left) Woody Jay Apa, Abbet Pareja, James Guiwan and Richard Otero. (contributed foto)

Dr. Jeanette Huang Pascual, a hematologist, presented during the gathering the demographic data in the country that showed there is only less than one percent of the total population with Rh negative blood.

Faced with this fact, inadequacy of supplies of this rare blood is the group’s topmost concern.

Dr. Pascual said there is a need to build an organization to better address the concerns of people needing the rare blood.

The Olongapo City Red Cross chapter said the gathering was good because it gave them the opportunity to gather a database, which they can tap in cases of emergency.

Aldrin Bastador from Manila shared his experience during the gathering about his mother who was diagnosed with stage-four colon cancer and needed four bags of B– blood type for operation within 24 hours.

“I approached Red Cross but they said they could only provide one bag. Someone told me about the Rh Negative Philippines Facebook group and I posted there, the reply was very quick, members said that they were going to donate blood,” he said.

The network is helping provide blood donors to in-patient and out-patient children and adults undergoing operation with severe anemia and with disease like cancer.

The gathering was attended by donors from the different parts of the country like Boracay, Bulacan, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Manila and Olongapo City.

Woody Jay Apa, Rh Negative Philippines external vice president who is based in Cebu, invites other individuals having the Rh negative blood to join the group and help provide the rare blood.

Apa, who has an A– blood type, said it is rewarding to be able help people who needs RH negative blood.

“We are very rare Rh negative here in Cebu and it’s about time to know one another and identify themselves by registering in Rh negative registry,” he said.

People with Rh negative blood may join the Rh Negative Philippines group in Facebook (FB). For non-FB users, they may contact 0923-9134278 or email at rhnegativephilippines@gmail.com.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 17, 2013.

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