Baguio needs more blood

By RENDILYN CUYOP
www.nordis.net

BAGUIO CITY — Officials from the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) says Baguio blood banks need more supply, and they call for more blood drives to increase supply in various blood banks in the region.

“We do not have an adequate supply of blood in Baguio General Hospital that is why there is a need for an intensified blood collection,” says Roselyn Reyes, Blood Bank Nurse from the BGHMC.

According to Reyes, about 40-45 qualified walk-in donors are received daily at the BGHMC and a volume of 500 ml of blood is collected from each donor. This assures a total of 22,500 ml of daily blood supply.

Reyes said this can only cater to 50 percent of patients needing blood services as there is a relative increase of potential blood dependent patients. The Department of Health (DOH) and BGHMC earlier confirmed a five-fold increase in dengue cases and kidney patients in the city respectively, both potential blood dependent medical conditions. For the second quarter of this year BGHMC dispensed of 138 units of whole blood, 2,356 units of red blood cells, 247 units of fresh frozen plasma, and 415 units of platelets.

The lead blood service facility in the Cordillera, which supplies blood to other hospitals nearby Baguio City, partners with other blood services facility and local government units for more intensified mobile blood drives to increase the blood supply available for blood dependent patients especially the rare blood types.

In celebration of this year’s National Blood Donors Month, BGH invites the public to a one-day mobile blood drive on July 22, spearheaded by the nursing department. Qualified blood donors are those aged 18-60 years old, of general good health, must have no mental or physical disorder and illnesses, not a drug user, and must have no high risk activities that could link to a possibility of having sexually transmitted diseases. # nordis.net

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