LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 18 (PIA) - - The Provincial Blood Council is exploring possibilities of strengthening blood collection strategies to meet the demand of patients in need of blood.
One of the strategies is to tap the senior high school students in public and private schools as potential blood donors.
While the basic intent is to save lives, students need to be educated and informed of the benefits of being a donor for them to appreciate and be persuaded to become donors, said Red Cross Administrator Oscar Paris.
Presently, Red Cross is able to collect blood from various sources with the help of the local government units, police, academe and other sectors of society.
Through the mobile blood donation activities, the local Red Cross collected a total of 1,213 units from the 13 towns from January to May this year. Paris said they hope to reach at least 50 percent of the target population of one percent or equivalent to 4,460 by end of June.
For 2016, total number of units collected was 2,130 while blood collection for 2017 totalled 2,505, below the one percent target population, said Paris.
With the low collection rate, Paris said they have turned down request of patients as they no longer practice blood replacement but voluntary donation.
Red Cross is tasked to provide safe and quality blood through voluntary blood donation, donor recruitment, retention and care, blood collection, testing, processing and blood issuance. Susan C. Aro (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet)