Lobregat appeals for blood donation PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 August 2011 14:21

Mayor Celso Lobregat, who is at the same time Governor of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), has appealed to all residents of the city to become blood donors and help save lives.

The mayor issued the call to help sustain the blood supply at the local Red Cross blood bank and prevent blood shortage during emergency cases in the city.
Some people are not aware of the importance of blood donations except during emergency situations, the chief executive stressed. “Everybody (who is qualified) should help and donate blood and help save lives.”

The recent extreme weather conditions have made it all the more vital for new and existing blood donors to come forward, according to Lobregat.

In some areas, particularly Luzon, the rainy season has led to an outbreak in dengue diseases requiring blood transfusion for severe dengue cases. With the expected increase in the number of dengue infections due to rainy season, the authorities are urging more people to donate blood.

Meanwhile, Lobregat, who is a recipient of the National Sandugo Awards for the 6th straight year now, said individuals qualified to donate blood could be anybody, male or female aged 18 to 65 years old, at least 50 kilos in weight and with good health condition.

To further sustain the PRC’s blood supply, the mayor is expected to issue an executive order directing all barangays in the city to create individual Barangay Blood Councils and undertake blood letting activities at least four times a year. — Sheila Covarrubias