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PIA Press Release
2009/06/07

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day

Tacloban City (June 7) -- On the 14th of June 2009 World Blood Donor Day will again be celebrated throughout the world to create wider awareness of the need for safe blood for transfusion and the importance of blood donation.

The whole world commemorate June 14, as World Blood Donor Day to give tribute to blood donors and potential blood donors and highlight the presence of people who needs blood badly in order to survive certain illnesses. It is also a worldwide universal effort to ensure universal access to safe blood.

With its theme "Giving Blood Regularly, the Department of Health enjoins healthy and kind hearted persons 16 to 65 years of age and weighs 45 kilos or 100 pounds to donate blood in order to save lives.

Hospitals all over the country are in dire need of blood. Record shows not even the blood bank can supply the daily needs of the many patients who needed blood badly for emergency operations, for acutely ill patients suffering from blood diseases such as leukemia, anemia, dengue fever and HIV AIDs patient to mention some.

The Department of Health admitted that there is really a need to increase awareness to encourage people to donate blood and to under go medical examination, to ensure the need for safe blood.

Commitment of regular blood donors will be of great help in storing more blood in blood banks ready for use for walk in patients. DOH encourages everyone to come forward share your blood by just going to the nearest Blood Collection Unit in any government hospital.

There is growing appreciation of the vital role of voluntary donors who donate blood on a regular basis. Not only are they the safest blood donors, they are also the foundation of sustainable national blood supplies that are sufficient to meet the needs of all patients requiring transfusion.

Accompanying the increase in voluntary blood donors throughout the world is an increase in the number of countries which produce blood components, including red cells, platelets and plasma, to meet the specific requirements of patients. But there is still a gap between the supply and the demand. It's not just private hospitals that are facing the crunch, big government hospitals are looking for outside help. (PIA 8) [top]

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