Celso to WMSU students: ‘Donate blood, be heroes’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 June 2012 14:00

Mayor Celso Lobregat challenged the students of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) to be heroes by donating blood to the Philippine National Red Cross as Zamboanga City joined the international community in the observance of World Blood Donor Day yesterday.

“Today, able-bodied citizens are called upon to donate blood and be blood donors. Every one of us can become a hero by donating blood. I challenge the WMSU students present here today to be heroes by donating blood to the Red Cross,” Lobregat said during the World Blood Donor Day program at WMSU gym.

To the mayor’s delight, a female student and a student-teacher responded to his challenge as both donated blood after passing through the medical checkup. “Are there more who want to donate blood and be heroes?” Lobregat asked the students even as he commended the female student for her heroism.

Anchored on the theme “Every Blood Donor is a Hero,” yesterday’s event was initiated by the Philippine Red Cross Zamboanga City Chapter headed by local Administrator Victor Liozo Jr. The program was preceded by a motorcade from the Red Cross Blood Bank Center at Pettit Barracks to WMSU gym.

Present during the program were WMSU President Dr. Milabel E. Ho, who gave the welcome remarks, Councilors Rudy Lim and Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar, and City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos, who also gave a message.

The first World Blood Donor Day was observed in 2005 in honor of an Austrian scientist, Karl Landsteiner, who discovered three different blood types in 1900. He is acclaimed as the founder of the “A” “B” and “O” blood group system, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1930.

According to studies, the  “A,” “B”, and “O” blood group system is the most important blood type system (or blood group system) in human blood transfusion. The associated anti-A antibodies and anti-B antibodies are usually IgM antibodies, which are usually produced in the first years of life by sensitization to environmental substances such as food, bacteria, and viruses. Blood types “A,” “B” and “O” are also present in some other animals, for example apes such as chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas.

The World Blood Donor Day aims to recognize the millions of people around the world who save lives and improve the health of others by donating blood. It also highlights the need to regularly give blood to prevent shortages in hospitals and clinics, particularly in areas where quantities are very limited. — Vic Larato