Capitol boosts blood stations in hospitals

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Friday, July 11, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Government is beefing up blood stations established in Pampanga's 11 district hospitals to ensure the availability of any blood type in times of emergencies.

During the bloodletting dubbed "Daya Cu, Saup Cu. Blood Donor Cu, Pagmaragul Cu," at the Benigno Aquino Hall in Capitol led by Governor Lilia Pineda herself, some 275 donors from the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police and provincial government employees volunteered to donate blood to save lives and boosts the various blood stations’ buffer stock.

"The 275 donors will be enough to maintain our stock in the blood stations. The blood in the bank is composed of the four types needed in any emergency situation. Currently, 70 percent of last year's stock has already been used for patients with cases like dialysis, TB and other related transfusions. That will have to be replaced with this new donation while 30 percent will go to the buffer stock of our district hospitals," said Provincial Health Officer Marcelo Jaochico.

He told Sun.Star Pampanga that blood only has a lifespan of about 120 days, so the need to sustain the cycle of donation and ensure availability in the district hospitals’ blood stations.

"And to properly monitor that, the Provincial Blood Council has implemented the proper procedure in requesting and releasing blood which starts with the requesting physician and request form validated by particular authorities like our medical technicians who match the blood type so that mismatching could be avoided. We have to strengthen procedures especially in our blood stations, which cater to indigents. Our governor wants quick but efficient responses in emergency cases," said Jaochico.

The bloodletting was part of the observance of Blood Month themed "Safe Blood for Saving Mothers" conducted with the Red Cross. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 12, 2014.

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