August 19, 2007

LC council OKs ‘walking blood bank’ reestablishment

MEMBERS of the Laoag City Sangguniang Panlungsod unanimously approved the measure requesting all barangay chairmen in the city to revive and reestablish the “Walking Blood Bank” project.

Councilor Sonia B. Siazon, health committee chair, said this has been a program of the Department of Health (DOH) since 1994 and the city should adopt it as this would greatly help the people of Laoag who would need blood for medical purposes.

The resolution, Siazon said, aims to have persons from the barangay immediately available in case their barangay mates would need blood—as these persons would then be tasked to replace the blood that they would get from the Philippine National Red Cross.

The resolution taps barangay officials and health workers to identify those persons who would volunteer to donate blood and to get their blood types.

Siazon, who herself is a regular blood donor, said people should not be afraid to donate since this affords them to produce new blood and at the same time this would also help other people who are in dire need of blood transfusion.

She added that Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center and the Gov. Roque B. Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital would be invited, along with the Red Cross in cases where there would be blood extractions.

Reacting to this, PNRC administrator Edna Orcino said whoever that would wish to donate blood should not worry about paying anything.

She further divulged that as of August 10, 2007, PNRC has available stock of blood.

Orcino also thanked the city council, especially Siazon, for helping PNRC find and identify blood donors in Laoag.

Meanwhile, another resolution was also presented by Siazon requesting the Lions Club of Salinas, California under the leadership of Mr. Tony Coloma to conduct medical and surgical mission here in Laoag on February 6 to 9, in time for the city’s annual fiesta celebration.

Siazon was specifically requesting the council to pass a resolution to formalize the invitation for the said group to have a basis to be presented to members of the said club.

Dominic B. dela Cruz

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