Council urges for sustained bloodletting activities

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Nov. 22 (PIA--The Provincial Blood Council (PBC) urged municipal local government units to conduct quarterly mobile blood donation to keep supply available for emergencies.


LGU focal persons are called to collect as much blood to maintain supply in their respective accounts.

PBC data shows there are LGUs that have negative balances in their accounts. The municipalities of Pinukpuk, Rizal and Tanudan registered negative balances as of third quarter this year.

Appealing for the conduct of bloodletting activities in the municipalities and this city, Rosario Alunday, head of the Provincial Health Office technical department, offered to provide manpower augmentation. The office has already provided LGUs training on Phlebotomy and donor recruitment as well as beddings.

Johnwin Meniano of the Philippine  Red Cross stresses  the need to intensify  voluntary  donor recruitment campaign. 

The PBC is also targeting one percent of the province’s total population as voluntary blood donors. From January to October this year, 2,064 volunteered as blood donors from the 2,380 target. Tabuk City registered the highest in followed by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).

The Council has also asked the Kalinga Provincial Hospital to work out its licensing to qualify to screen blood and to provide blood screening machine.  At present, blood collected from volunteer donors is brought to the Cagayan Valley Medical Center for screening entailing cost on screening fee.

Meanwhile, Johnwin Meniano of PRC  reported they have conducted several bloodletting activities to maintain supply balance in their account. He said the PCSO is shouldering P1, 500.00 of the screening fee while balance of P300.00 is the counterpart of the patient. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR)






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