DepEd-Zamboanga’s “2nd Ayuda Salva Vida” saves more lives PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:48

Donating blood only takes few minutes of your precious time and it will save lives. One of the greatest feelings in life is giving something that is salient to someone who badly needs it, and one way is to donate blood. The benefits of donating blood not only extend someone else’s life but it will also give a positive impact on the donors’ health. According to medical findings, giving blood leads to longer life, less heart attacks and strokes.

Last January 5, 2013, Department of Education (DepEd) School District Superintendent (SDS) Pete Natividad led the division of Zamboanga City in conducting its second bloodletting program, “Ayuda Salva Vida (Help Save Lives)” successfully at the school division office. In coordination with the Philippine Red Cross-Zamboanga City Chapter, DepEd medical team leader Dr. Ruth Yanga were able to turn over to the Philippine National Red Cross- Zamboanga City Chapter 161 bags of 450cc blood.

Supt. Natividad beamed with pride that this year’s bloodletting they were able to collect more blood. There are now more volunteer teachers and administrators who became blood donors. And with that, I surmise there will be more school teachers and staff who will be healthier to serve their respective school areas. And if I may suggest, DepEd-Zamboanga should come out with a contest for the school under its jurisdiction that can donate the highest amount of blood and win the title as the “bloodiest school”. Let the students, parents and surrounding communities participate and support the schools in this program.

It was timing too with the recent dengue outbreak that hit our city, blood of all types is badly needed. Nurse Gerald Cris V. Pioquinto said that the son of School Principal Allan Sanchez was one of the beneficiaries of this activity. The boy has leukemia. “It was a great feeling being able to give your blood, and that you know you are able to help extend the life of others”, Dr. Mildred D. Dayao shared.

By Dante Corteza