Provincial Human Resource Management and Development Office in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross-Lanao del Norte Chapter initiates blood donation activity held in the lobby of Gov. Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center on September 4, 2017. Red Cross nurses administered the bloodletting program which persuades provincial employees to donate blood to help save lives.
PHRMDO head, Eugenie P. Pusing materialize the idea to commemorate the 117th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary in the month of September. This program aims to encourage provincial employees to support the Provincial Hospitals of Lanao del Norte. According to Mrs. Pusing this activity is coherent to the Civil Service Month theme: “Tugon sa Hamon ng Pagbabago: Malasakit ng Lingkod Bayani” which makes the provincial capitol employees heroes in their own little way.
Before a person can donate his or her blood there are necessary steps to follow. First, the possible donor will be assessed by the Philippine Red Cross personnel by asking questions with regards to its health. Second, the donor’s blood pressure will then be measured. Third step is to ask the donor of his or her blood type, and lastly, he or she will be advised to lie in the bed for 5-10 minutes before the blood extraction. After the procedure, the donor will be given snacks to help recover the body’s normal condition.
On this day, a total of 7,200 ml of blood were donated to the Philippine Red Cross; out of the 7200 ml, 3600 ml of type “A”, 2700 ml of type “B” and 900 ml of type “O”. According to Red Cross, a person can only donate 450 ml of blood every 2-3 months. The blood extracted will then be replaced within three days since the system will reproduce the same amount to help stabilize the body’s circulatory system. The donors were also reminded to refrain from doing strenuous activities right after procedure.
The blood collected by the Philippine Red Cross will undergo series of test to ensure that it is fit for transfusion before sending or distributing it to different provincial hospitals of Lanao del Norte. Victims of accidents, patients who will undergo surgery and patients who are suffering from anemia & liver disease will likely benefit of this program.
The Philippine Red Cross is always ready to accept blood donors who will qualify the physical assessment and examination performed by its personnel. Citizens are encouraged to visit the nearest hospital or Red Cross Center for brief understanding of the benefits of donating blood and the fulfilling act of saving a stranger’s life because of one’s unselfishness. Frequent blood donors are given Certificates and Blood Galloner pins to signify their noble deed.
Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo was happy to see that a number of employees of the Provincial Capitol answered the call of the Philippine Red Cross to donate blood not only for their own benefit but for the sole purpose of saving someone’s life. The unity and concern to human life drives the residents of the Province of Lanao del Norte to do such righteous act. PIO-LDN