DOH urges public to donate blood in line with World Blood Donor Day

By Analou De Vera

The Department of Health (DOH) has urged the public to donate blood to help save lives in time for the global celebration of the World Blood Donor Day on Friday, June 14.

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Blood transfusion saves millions of lives every year. It is needed in most medical procedures, instances of accidents or emergency. So to those who regularly and voluntarily donate their blood, I would like to give my personal thanks to you,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

Duque said that in 2017, they had received one million blood units and they are targeting to meet their goal of 100 percent “voluntary non-remunerated blood donation” by 2020.

“I enjoin everyone for collective action towards this goal and give the gift of life by donating your blood,” he said.

Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon, meanwhile, said that additional blood banks are needed as it will encourage more people to donate blood.

“Magbibigay nga ang donor ng dugo pero kung wala naman access. Kaya kami sa Red Cross nagdadagdag kami ng blood banks. Marami na rin blood stations at blood centers ang DOH pero kailangan pa rin namin dagdagan,” said Gordon.

[There are blood donors but there is still lack of access. We at Red Cross strive to have more blood banks. The DOH has a number of blood stations and blood centers but we need more.]

The PRC said that currently, it has 93 blood service facilities.

The PRC, meanwhile, is eyeing new blood stations in San Carlos, Pangasinan; San Rafael, Bulacan; Bocaue, Bulacan; Imus and Bacoor, Cavite; and Romblon.

Gordon also added that blood centers are needed in Tawi-Tawi, Batanes, and Sorsogon.