Capitol exec: Blood supply shortage due to high demand

THE blood supply shortage in Negros Occidental has been due to high demand, a Capitol executive said Wednesday.

Acting Provincial Administrator Lucille Gelvolea said there was no truth to the reports that the Provincial Government failed to pay the suppliers of reagents, which is needed to analyze the donated blood.

She said reagents are vital in blood transfusion as it detects if the blood is positive for malaria, human immunodeficiency virus or other diseases.

“This is to ensure that the blood is clean and safe for transfusion and has no contamination,” she added.

Gelvolea said the Provincial Government has a “working agreement” with Corazon Locsin Montelibano Regional Memorial Hospital that if there’s no reagents during blood donation, the blood will be forwarded to the government hospital so it won’t go to waste.

In the past months, many Negrenses needed blood, Gelvolea said.

“Others were looking for rare blood type like A+ and B+. Sometimes, we have few stocks for that kind of blood type, but only few are donating with that blood type,” she added.

Gelvolea said the Negros First Blood Bank continuously holds bloodletting campaign for mass blood donation.

She noted that the blood center provides 50 to 100 packs of blood to the 11 Capitol-run hospitals every week as well as to private hospitals.

She said the ones being delivered to the hospitals are for emergency cases, but she reiterated that the shortage of blood supply is due to high demand.

Gelvolea said the Capitol is encouraging the local government units and schools to conduct bloodletting activities so that many lives will be saved.
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