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Cordillera looking for 34,000 blood donors
by Pamela Mariz Geminiano / PNA

The Cordillera aims to get blood donors from at least two percent of its population this year to sustain the adequate supply of safe blood for those in need.

Department of Health-Cordillera donor recruitment officer Lovella Ann Severo said the region aims to surpass the national goal of two percent.

She said this will ensure that there will be enough supply of safe blood that is accessible to those in need in the region and to augment the need of nearby regions.

To ensure the safest possible blood supply, donors undergo a screening test, which is done with the help of other volunteers, she said.

According to the National Economic and Development Authority Cordillera’s website, the region has a population of 1.7 million. Two percent is about 34,000.

“Last year, we already attained one percent total blood collection rate, but now we are aiming for at least two percent,” Severo said.

She said 1.4 percent of the region’s total population has been reported as voluntary blood donors.

During the celebration of the 109th Baguio Charter Day, the regional donor recruitment office and Philippine Red Cross-Baguio conducted a mobile donation drive at the Melvin Jones grandstand in Burnham Park.

A total of 45 blood bag units were collected during the event.

“We are introducing the culture of altruism. This is also to strengthen multi-sectoral collaboration, creating opportunities to donate and raising public awareness on the need for safe blood,” Severo said.


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