DOH urges strict screening of blood donors PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 14:00

The Department of Health-9 (DOH-9) has called for strict screening of blood donors to assure that the patient will receive clean and not contaminated blood.

Clarisa Jose, DOH 9 regional program coordinator STI/HIV and AIDS, said in an interview that the assessment of blood donor is critical.

“Debe buenamente el interview y very strict…man disqualify if a blood donor has a risky behavior,” Jose stressed.

She also reminded especially relatives of patients not to patronize commercial blood donors as they are putting the patient in danger of acquiring several diseases.

Mobile blood donation is usually being done at offices, barangays, and at the Philippine Red Cross and Zamboanga City Medical Center Blood Bank, the only authorized place where safe blood can be availed of.

After blood donation, the blood is being checked for five diseases such as Hepatitis B, C, Syphilis, HIV, and Malaria.

Those who need blood are the dialysis patients, cancer patients, those who have anemia, battle casualties, patients involved in accident, those who will undergo operation, and others.

For Zamboanga City alone, there were some 10 HIV cases discovered thru blood donation. — R.G. A A. Go