Blood is Life. The blood is primarily responsible for the distribution of nutrients and oxygen throughout the body and for the removal of waste from our cells. This fact is acknowledged in the advocacy and mission of every Mass Blood Donation. Mass Blood Donation entails voluntary donation of blood purposely for people needing transfusions due to various medical conditions requiring thereof such as but not limited to during surgery, or after an accident. Undeniably, scarcity of blood and other blood products is a possible threat with the demand for it is rapidly increasing. The Department of Health estimated that about 2,000 blood units are transfused every day in the Philippines and according to Director Janairo of the DOH-Philippine Blood Center (DOH-PBC) the agency is capable of providing for and addressing the needs of blood and blood products. However, given this capacity, there is still a need to raise awareness of the people regarding safe blood supply and voluntary blood donation.
With this vision in mind, various private and public institutions have participated in answering the call and braving the challenge. The Rural Health Unit of Midsayap in partnership with the Cotabato Regional Medical Center (CRMC), the Local Government Unit (LGU) and the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) spearheaded bloodletting activities in the Municipality. The goal of the program is to provide for blood and blood component supplies for the constituents of the said municipality.
Last September 15, the aforementioned agencies conducted Mobile Blood Donation (MBD) at the Rural Health Unit (RHU) Conference Hall which was actively participated by various private institutions namely the Cotabato Medical Foundation College, Inc., Bureau of Fire Protection, 45th Infantry Batalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Local Government Unit of Midsayap Employees, and the barangays particularly Upper Bulanan, Kadigasan, Kiwanan, Sadaan, Kimagango, Patindiguen, Upper Glad I, Poblacions 1, 3, 5 and 6. The activity started at 7:30 in the morning. Commencing with the registration of the volunteers, followed by vital signs taking, one-on-one screening interview of the participants, final physical examination and consultation from the attending physician, blood typing, hemoglobin determination, and the actual blood extraction respectively. At the end of the day, a total of 64 blood donors participated and among them 48 passed the screening and were considered eligible. During the activity, the donors were given fluids consisting of either juice or water for immediate replacement.
In the municipality, as of September 2015 we have collected a total of 537 bags. However, this is considerably insufficient for the municipality to be given a green status which would indicate adequacy and sufficiency of its blood supply. It must have at least one percent of the total population annually. Respectively, the Office of the Municipal Health Services should collect an estimated total of 1,500 bags. Apparently, the amount collected has not yet reached the estimated target.
In addressing this issue, the Rural Health Midwives and Public Health Nurses assigned in the barangays through the aid of the Barangay Council, continuously and continually motivate the people in giving their blood. Aside from the health benefits, such donations would aid the Local Government in fulfilling its mission of blood donation which is blood safety, blood adequacy, rational blood use and efficacy of blood service to and for its people.