Free blood typing set in malls July 15, 23 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 July 2011 16:58

In celebration of Blood Donor’s month, the City Health Office in coordination with the Zamboanga City Blood Council will conduct free blood typing and hemoglobin determination in two big malls.
The twin activity will be held July 16 at the Mindpro Citimall in La Purisima and July 23 at the Southway Mall—from 8am to 5pm.

The activity will serve as pre-screening evaluation for potential donors who will be advised to visit the Red Cross Office at Pettit Barracks should they qualify and decide to donate their blood.
The City kicked off the national observance of Blood Donors’ month through a motorcade last July 1 followed by a simultaneous blood-letting activity at the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO) and Red Cross Youth Center.

A relevant activity also followed last July 4 when Red Cross Medical Officer Dr. Kelly Geronimo gave a short orientation to City employees relative to the benefits of blood donation. Blood typing and hemoglobin determination was also held at the City Hall lobby following after the flag raising ceremony.

According to Geronimo, donating blood while help one avoid the risk of high blood pressure and its resulting diseases since it regulates the flow of blood. He also mentioned that every time a person donates blood, it helps replenish hemoglobin production which is, according to him, health beneficial.

“Aside from the health benefits that you can get from donating blood, you are also saving the lives of others which is more important”, the doctor emphasized in his bid to motivate blood donors.
The City has a good reputation when it comes to blood donation programs. Mayor Celso Lobregat is a Sandugo Hall-of-Famer for his relentless support to the life-saving program.

Tetuan barangay chairman Nonong Natividad as well as Talisayan barangay chairman Josephine Pareja were also conferred with Sandugo awards for their contributions to the blood program of the Red Cross. — Richard Aliangan/City Hall PIO