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PIA Press Release
2010/05/25

Siquijor PNRC chair urges public to donate blood

Be a life saver

Province of Siquijor (25 May) -- In reference to its 63rd anniversary, this month the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) chair here, Rowena Maputi, urges the public to voluntarily donate blood and help save the lives of others.

In an interview with Siquijor Today the PNRC chair expressed, "Donating blood is a noble act because you only not give people a chance to live, you also give yourself benefits which only blood giving can offer,".

She added that blood is a vital component of man's existence. Even with advance technology the world has not been able to invent a substitute for blood. It is something that nobody else could offer except another human being.

She also said that there are 2,000 donors needed everyday and that there is a daily need of blood for people suffering from anemia, leukemia, hemophilia, those who will undergo surgery, or those who will deliver a baby.

The PNRC chair further said that donating blood is a simple procedure that will take only a few minutes. Moreover donating blood gives the following benefits: the bone marrow will be stimulated to produce new and active cells, which in turn makes the blood forming organs function more effectively: the donor gets personal health check that include blood typing, hemoglobin count and knowing the donor's blood pressure.

"Donating blood makes you feel good about yourself and a healthy person can donate blood every three months with no ill effects", Maputi added.

She also added that every time a person donates blood, he is given a BLOOD DONOR CARD. This will give him priority in case he is in need of blood. Priority is based on stock availability, since demand for blood is greater than the supply. The Blood Donor Card is transferable (family members and friends can use the card), and it has no expiration date.

General and physical requirements of a blood donor are both men and women aging 18 to 60 years old with a normal body temperature of 37 Celsius; a normal pulse rate of 50-90 beats per minute per minute and a normal blood pressure of 120/80mmHg.

Regular donors can give blood until they are 65 years old. Those aged 16-17 years may also give blood, with the consent of their parents or guardian.

Volunteer or walk-in donors may visit the PNRC-Siquijor Chapter at Caridad St. Poblacion, Siquijor, Siquijor from Mondays to Fridays 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 p.m. (PIA-Siquijor) [top]

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