by maya m. padillo
A Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Davao Chapter officer has voiced concern on the shortage of blood supply with only 30 bags average supply daily against the demand of 80 bags per day.
Gwen Clarisse Ca-chuela of the PRC-Davao said the PRC collected ample blood units only from mass blood donations conducted by various organizations. Recently, PRC collected 250 bags from the mass blood dona-tion conducted by Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU). She said PRC was able to gather 500 blood donors from the annual mass blood donation activity conducted by ABS-CBN Davao.
“Kahit wala kang blood donor’s card naka-kapagbigay kami ng blood dahil maraming supply pero when it comes to a point na may shortage, doon na nahirapan kasi wala kaming ma-release kahit may blood donor’s card pa (If you have no blood donor’s card we can still give blood because we have the supply but when it comes to a point that there is shortage then that is the problem because we cannot release the blood even if you have a donor’s card),” she said.
Cachuela said all blood donors are not participa-tive. She said Red Cross conducts also screening to ensure that the donor is fit to give blood by checking the hemoglobin and weight. She said each person can donate 150 cc of blood.
“Even though the person is willing to donate but he or shes not fit to donate will be deferred for donation. Kasi kung hindi siya fit baka ibalik lang din yung dugo sa kanya (If the person is not fit the blood will just be re-turned),” she said.
She said at present they conduct blood donation promotion and education to fill the gap between supply and demand.
Part of their blood donation promotion is the upcoming fun run on August 13 wherein they are targeting 3,000 partici-pants. Categories and registration fees are 10K for P350 inclusive singlet, race bib, and runner’s certificate; 3K and 5K for P250 inclusive of singlet, race bib, and runners’ certificate and P100 regis-tration fee for students inclusive for race bib and certificate.
The route will start from the Red Cross buil-ding to Jollibee Bajada for 3K, Davao Light Bajada for 5K and Toyota Davao for 10K.