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Health chief bares blood shortage, urges donation

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
  • Published in Top Stories
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THE country does not have enough blood supply and healthy Filipinos are urged to donate blood.

In a public hearing, Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial said that the country needs at least 1 million blood units to have an adequate supply of blood.

House Health Committee chairman Quezon Rep. Angelina “Helen” Tan urged her colleagues in the House of Representatives to help intensify the information dissemination on blood donations to meet the blood requirements of the country.

“I encourage my colleagues to make it a part of our health programs to intensify information dissemination regarding bloodletting to help the local government units (LGUs), the Department of Health (DoH), and the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) encourage the members of the community to participate in blood donation,” Tan said.

The lady solon said that a stable supply of blood can only be achieved if everyone is willing to contribute.
    
Tan, a medical doctor, said one of the reasons why there is inadequate supply of blood in the country is the misconception of people regarding blood donation.
    
“This wrong perception of people regarding blood donation has resulted in fewer and sometimes lack of blood donors,”  said Tan.
    
According to Ubial,  the blood program in the country has actually collected only 720,000 units, and there is a need for the one percent of the population to be adequately contributing to the blood source and blood products source of the country.
    
“We need around one million blood units for an adequate blood supply for the requirements of the country,” Ubial said.
    
Moreover, Ubial said that one third of the 720,000 units comes from the PNRC while the remaining two-thirds comes from the DoH hospitals.
    
Meanwhile, the Cabinet Spouses Association has a project to launch a nationwide campaign on blood typing which is a jump-off point for the health agency’s blood donation and organ donation advocacies, Ubial said.
 
Part of the DoH strategy, Ubial said, is to include blood typing in the DoH’s check-up package for all Filipinos whether they are poor or in the not-so-poor category as it is essential and important to have blood typing of all Filipinos.