CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — A total of 210 blood bags weighing 450 ml. each was collected from the blood donors during the Damayang Filipino Movement Inc., formerly known as ‘Dugong Filipino: Dugong Alay ng Bulakenyo,’ bloodletting activity.
In a press statement released on Monday, founder of DFMI Governor Daniel R. Fernando said the activity was founded since 2008 in partnership with the Department of Health Region 3 and Provincial Government of Bulacan through its Provincial Health Office-Public Health that aims to provide support to Bulakenyos who are in dire need of blood as part of the National Blood Donor’s Month Observation 2019.
Over 789 potential donors voluntarily participated at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in this city on Friday consisting of students, teachers, PGB employees, and others.
The said collected bag of types of blood will be donated to the Bulacan Provincial Blood Center.
According to PHO, blood donors also benefited in the program since before giving blood, a free health check-up that measured the temperature, pulse, blood pressure, hemoglobin levels and also was done, also, donating blood reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer.
During the bloodletting, DFMI founder Fernando personally thanked the donors for supporting the bloodletting and encouraged everyone to continually save lives by means of donating blood.
“You will be considered modern heroes because donating blood without waiting for something is a practice of a noble citizen. I urge you to continue your heroism and save those in need,” Fernando said.
Vice Gov. Wilhemino M. Sy-Alvarado also likened the significance of bloodletting to the heroic deeds of the great Filipino ancestors.
“If it was once taken away for the people to gain liberty, now we are letting it flow again to see the blaze of life slowly diminished by illness, we let it flow to save life again.,” Alvarado said.
According to the Philippine Red Cross-Bulacan, a bag of blood can help up to three to four individuals and benefit patients suffering from severe blood loss, mothers giving birth with complications, leukemia, major trauma, transplant, and hemophilia patients, among others.
Meanwhile, Cyril Ignacio, a first-time blood donor shared her experience after donating blood and encouraged other Bulakenyos to support bloodletting activities.
“I’m scared of blood, I’m just curious about what to feel after donating. But once I learned about the benefits of this and other people, I became interested in donating later and hopefully supporting others as well,” she said.
For interested blood donors, kindly visit blood service facilities of local government units/non-governmental organizations including Philippine Blood Center, DOH Hospitals, and PRC. (RONDA Balita Online News)