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PIA Press Release
2009/06/10

DOH targets 100% voluntary blood donation

Iloilo City (10 June) -- The Department of Health (DOH) is eyeing a hundred percent voluntary blood donation this year, said Health Secretary Francisco Duque as he urged voluntary donors to continue giving blood.

Duque said this is in keeping with the theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day celebration which is “100% Voluntary Blood Donation”.

World Blood Day celebration, which falls on June 14, is being spearheaded by the World Health Organization which aims to emphasize the role of blood donors play in saving lives and improving the health of millions.

This is also an effort to commit the country’s volunteer blood donor to give blood more than once a year as well as an opportunity for the government to congratulate these “givers of life” for their altruistic deed.

"Giving blood is like giving the most precious gift to another person: the gift that will help heal the sick, the gift that will re-invigorate the giver, the gift that will preserve life. We do not lose blood when we give some because blood regenerates itself. As we donate blood, we re-fill our bodies with new fresher blood," Duque said in a Malacanang report.

The present gap in the country’s blood supply, said Duque may soon be filled as some provinces have already achieved 100% voluntary blood donation, while Metro Manila reached an average of 90%.

The records of the DOH-National Voluntary Blood Services Program showed a total of 510,495 blood units were collected in 2006 where 72% of this amount came from volunteer blood donor and 28% from replacement donors and last year, almost 85% of the blood donors were volunteers.

In 2005, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution recognizing that volunteer blood donors who donate blood regularly are important in maintaining a safe, adequate and sustainable blood supply. (PIA) [top]

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