QUEZON CITY, (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) called on the public to donate blood to sustain the supply in the country.
In an interview with GMA 7-Unang Hirit on Monday, DOH Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said despite having enough stock in blood centers and healthcare facilities, the blood supply has to be continuously replenished to prevent any shortage.
“Nananawagan tayo sa ating mga kababayan, doon sa ating mga volunteer blood donors, kung maaari po makapagbigay tayo para ma-sustena natin ang ating supply ng dugo sa ating bansa,” Vergeire stressed.
One of the objectives of the Republic Act (RA) No. 7719 or the National Blood Services Act of 1994, is to encourage voluntary blood donation to provide sufficient supply of safe blood and to regulate blood banks.
This acts also aims to create public consciousness on the importance of blood donation in saving the lives of millions of Filipinos.
The DOH National Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP) reiterated the benefits of donating blood:
· Help in the production of new red blood cells, which is good for the body
· You will feel better because of the knowledge that you have helped others
· And above all, help patients who are in dire need of blood
According to Vergeire, DOH tapped its regular donors such as military personnel in the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to sustain their blood supply.
“Sa ngayon, unti-unti na ho uling nag-i-increase ang ating blood donors. Intensive po ang kampanya for blood donation natin ngayon so that we can provide ‘yung blood products na kailangan ng ating populasyon,” Vergeire emphasized.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, many blood donation activities were stopped or reduced, challenging the country’s available blood supplies. (JAFD/PIA-IDPD)