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RHU-Maypangdan, ESPHO conduct bloodletting

BORONGAN CITY (PIA)-- The Rural Health Unit of Maypangdan in coordination with the Eastern Samar Provincial Health Office (ESPHO) jointly conducted a bloodletting activity on November 18, 2021, at Brgy. Maypangdan Covered Court, Borongan City. Dra.

Katrina Carmel P. Rapada Velasco, Rural Health Physician said the activity collected some 23 bags of blood from the constituents of 11 barangays under the RHU-Maypangdan.

Dr. Velasco added that the said activity observed health protovol such as social distancing, infection control measures, strict hand washing, and use of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs).

The 23 bags of blood will be sent to Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC), Tacloban City for screening purposes. She added that when there are patients that are referred to EVRMC from ESPH - Borongan, blood can be used by the patients from Eastern Samar.

Priority of the said collected blood bags are the poor especially patients from RHU-Maypangdan or those in need for emergency purposes, especially for COVID-19 cases.

"It was a dream of the team to have such activity to be able to contribute to the blood bank of the Provincial Health Office (PHO). We want that next year we will have a quarterly bloodletting activity,” the Lady Physician said.

The blood donors were given tokens of appreciation such as 2 kilos of rice, 2 pcs. noodles, 2 cans of sardines, and food packs.

Mr. Ian Gonzales, a donor from Brgy. Maypangdan, a Kagawad Member gamely donated blood for the first time. “Donating blood especially today that we are in COVID-19 pandemic is important."

"I am happy that in a little way, I can save a life,” Gonzales said.

Republic Act No. 7719, also known as the National Blood Services Act of 1994, promotes voluntary blood donation to provide a self-sufficient supply of safe blood and to regulate blood banks.

This Act aims to inculcate public awareness that a blood donation is a humanitarian act. The theme for this activity is "Dugo Mo, Kinabuhi Ko,". (SDC/PIA-E. Samar)

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