NorthCot LGU, Red Cross forge cooperation pact PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 April 2015 14:49

The North Cotabato provincial government and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) agreed on Wednesday to cooperate in ensuring the adequacy of plasma supply in five hospitals in North Cotabato province.

Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza and PRC’s secretary-general, Gwendolyn Pang, had signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) detailing the cooperation program covering hospitals in five North Cotabato towns.

The signing rite was held at the North Cotabato provincial capitol in Barangay Amas in Kidapawan City, the provincial capital.

The MOA mentioned the Cotabato Provincial Hospital in Kidapawan City, the Arakan Valley District Hospital in Antipas, the M’lang District Hospital in M’lang, the Dr. Amado Diaz Provincial Foundation Hospital in Midsayap and the Aleosan Distrcit Hospital in Aleosan as program beneficiaries.

The cooperation thrust between the office of Mendoza and the PRC aims to ensure adequate supply of plasma in the five hospitals that may be needed for emergency transfusions and for surgical procedures.

“Blood supply must always be available in public hospitals. The demand for blood by patients is a concern we must address,” Mendoza said.

Among the signatories to the MOA were senior PRC officials in Central Mindanao, Bai Fatima P. Sinsuat and Ricardo Quintoyo.

Physician Eva Rabaya of the North Cotabato Integrated Provincial Health Office also affixed her signature to the document.

The PRC, under the MOA, shall supply the five beneficiary hospitals with packed red blood cells, platelet concentrates, and frozen plasma. — John Felix M. Unson