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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 19, 2012


Provincial Blood Coordinating Council exceeds blood requirement target

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 19 (PIA) -- The Provincial Blood Coordinating Council (PBCC), in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Sur Chapter (PRC-AdS) and the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Agusan del Sur has coped with the blood requirements, exceeding its target for the year 2011 by 133 bags, with the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS) giving its full support by shouldering the financial requirements for the purchase of the re-agents used for blood examination.

For the year 2011, the PBCC team has collected a total of 2,633 bags of 450 ml. fresh blood thru field donation, replacement, walk-in clients and patient directed with a very little difference of 60 bags compared to last year with 2,693 bags.

The blood collection mostly came from field donation where a team of medical technologists from the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital (DOPMH), led by Napoleon Montejo, Provincial Blood Coordinator and PRC Agusan del Sur Chapter, led by medical technologist Julie Lapides regularly conducted monthly blood collection by municipality.

On record, field donation reached 2,538 bags, while replacement reached 38 bags, walk-in donors with 27 and patients directed to produce the needed blood, 30 bags.

Not only patients from the province of Agusan del Sur were served with the blood collected in Agusan del Sur, but also patients from as far as Kidapawan City, where two bags were sent for emergency use.

The DOPMH, noted for its facilities and good doctors, has patients also coming from neighbouring province, making it the number one consumer of blood with 2,008 bags consumed as of December 2011. Second is the Bunawan District Hospital with 146 bags. The rest went to hospitals in Butuan City, Surigao del Sur, Surigao City and Surigao del Norte.

According to records by the PBCC, male donors are dominant than female. Many were also found positive of Hepa B with 145 samples, Syphilis with 28, Hepa C- 13 and even HIV case with four. Sixty two bags expired, while six are spoiled chylous.

The provincial government set aside P1.5 million budget for the re-agents but because of the increase in its prices, supplementary budget amounting to P1.6 million was released on the fourth quarter of 2011. The 13 municipal government and the lone city of Bayugan also share P50,000 every year for the fuel and oil and other travelling expenses of the team that travel to all the municipalities during the conduct of the mobile blood donation activities. (David M. Suyao, PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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