PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Provincial Blood Council targets grassroot bloodlettingTABUK CITY, Kalinga , Jan. 19 (PIA) -- Villages are now targets of blood-letting activities through community blood Olympics to be organized by the Provincial Blood Council (PBC).
Norma Bunaton of the Center for Health Development (CHD) said PBC will conduct community blood Olympics in far villages owing to the strong spirit of volunteerism among the natives in the grassroot level.
She said the Olympics will take two to five consecutive days of blood-letting activity within the same municipality.“The minimum number of donors must be 100 per day,” Bunaton said.
However, the sponsor may increase the number of donors, she added.
Bunaton said during scheduled blood-letting activities, the sponsoring community will do the pre-screening of potential donors.
“All volunteers have to register, undergo interview, blood typing, Phlebotomy, post donation and cold chain transport,” she said.
Blood donations will be screened at the Cagayan Valley Medical Center and deposited at the Kalinga Provincial Hospital (KPH) blood bank.
“PBC agreed that the KPH blood bank must maintain blood units of all types 24/7", according to Bunaton.
Only local chief executives, municipal health officers, or municipal coordinators are authorized to withdraw blood units. Blood utilization will apply the procurement method and the loan scheme where recipients withdraw and deposit later, Bunaton informed.(JDP/PAB-PIA CAR,Kalinga)