BONTOC, Mountain Province, June 25 (PIA) -- Every barangay in this capital town shall establish its own blood donor’s program in line with efforts to promote and encourage voluntary blood donation.
Municipal Ordinance No. 302, s. 2018 aims to instill public consciousness that blood donation is a humanitarian act; provide adequate, safe and affordable supply of blood in every barangay promoting and encouraging voluntary blood donation; and inform the public of the importance of voluntary blood donation to curb hazards caused by commercial sale of blood.
The municipal government shall be the prime mover for the implementation of the program through the issuance of a directive to the municipal health officer (MHO) and the punong barangay
The MHO shall conduct an outreach schedule of blood typing and blood testing of volunteer blood donors in every barangay. Those who pass a thorough laboratory screening shall be considered qualified walking blood donors and shall be called Walking Blood Bank. Walking Blood Bank Card shall be given to each of the walking blood donors.
The punong barangays, on the other hand, shall keep a master list of all qualified blood donors or walking blood donors to easily contact them when needed. A copy of the master list shall be furnished to each of the MHO and the Mayor’s Office.
Under the ordinance, if a patient in a barangay needs blood transfusion, the qualified walking blood bank may provide to the patient the needed blood immediately, if both donor and recipient are of the same blood type.
A blood donor is also required to undergo a laboratory check –up once in every three months to ensure that his blood is not tainted with blood transfusion transmissible diseases.
In support to the walking blood bank or walking blood donors, the municipal government through the rural health unit provides a free medical check –up for any sickness or disease.
This ordinance was further approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan noting it is in line with the objectives of Republic Act No. 7719, also known as National Blood Service Act of 1994 and National Voluntary Blood Services Program of the Department of Health, which promotes voluntary blood donation and aims to inculcate public awareness that blood donation is a humanitarian act. It added that it is a very good practice known to Filipinos and institutionalizing the practice in the municipality will surely strengthen and fortify the spirit of volunteerism and will help infuse public consciousness as to the importance of bloodletting. (PIA Mt. Province)