By Aida B. Cabauatan
Bloodletting activity is one of the regular programs conducted by the Provincial Health Office(PHO). As part of the kick-off activities of the Gobyerno Ti Umili (GTU) caravan last February 19, 2013, a whole day bloodletting activity was held at the 3rd floor of Paseo Reale Mall, Tuguegarao City.
Some 55 participants came in to register but only 22 of them were assessed to be qualified in donating. These donors include Provincial Government of Cagayan employees, students, and other walk-in donors. They all went through the process of screening before they were qualified to donate. Some 450cc of blood was pooled in from among the donors.
Felipe Dimaandal of the Provincial Planning and Development Office said that it is now his 18th time to donate blood. “Donating blood is a self-fulfilling endeavor because of the joy of saving lives,” he said.
“The bloodletting activity is conducted regularly by the PHO to encourage Cagayanos to donate blood to save lives,” said Raul Addun, Bloodletting Coordinator of the PHO.
The activity is spearheaded by the PHO in coordination with the Cagayan Valley Medical Center-Northern Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP).
Meanwhile, Amelia Cacatian, Head of Community Blood Services of CVMC stressed that in order for a donor to qualify he should be willing, committed, and most importantly, healthy. “Blood donation also rejuvenates,” said Cacatian.