Beng extols blood donors, volunteers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 June 2015 09:14

by Sheila covarrubias

Mayor Beng Climaco Sunday spearheaded the celebration of World Blood Donor Day in Zamboanga, as she extolled blood donors for their volunteerism and generosity in helping save people’s lives.

“Muchas gracias and congratulations to all blood donors,” Mayor Climaco, chair of the Zamboanga City Blood Council said during the program at the Red Cross Youth Training Center marking World Blood Donor Day Sunday morning, as she encouraged more people to donate blood voluntarily and regularly citing the health benefits of blood donation.

The City Government likewise fully supports the blood services program through various interventions such as bloodletting activities, she said.

Themed “Thank you for Saving my Life”, the World Blood Donors Day is a global event and is organized by the City Blood Council in partnership with the Department of Health, Zamboanga City Medical Center, Blood Bank and the Philippine Red Cross-Zamboanga Chapter.

Among those present during the observance of World Blood Donors Day that kicked off with the 7am thanksgiving mass followed by the commemorative program and mobile blood donation were Dr. Milagros Fernandez, Dr. Kibtiya Uddin, Dr. Victor Liozo and Christine Lim and members of the Blood Council and Red Cross volunteers and Blood Bank staff.

The campaign “focuses on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through their blood donations and strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly with the slogan “Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters.” The campaign aims to highlight stories from people whose lives have been saved through blood donation as a way of motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood and people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so.”

Established in 2004, the event is one of the 8 official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization along with World Health Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World no Tobacco Day, World No Hepatitis Day and World AIDS Day, according to Wikipedia. — Sheila Covarrubias