The Philippine Red Cross is appealing to local government units in Negros Oriental that were not affected by tropical storm “Sendong” to organize bloodletting activities.
Administrator Louella Bael of the Provincial PRC office said the local chapter is experiencing a severe crisis in blood supply. She said they had zero blood supply since the middle of December 2011, after “Sendong” affected at least 10 areas in the province.
At present they only have a few bags of type AB+ blood, she said.
Bael admitted that the months of December and January are considered lean months for blood supply, because of the holiday season. But she said it was surprising that they have zero blood supply, except for type AB+ since December.
She said they cannot serve several requests for blood, because their reserve is given only to Red Cross donors.
Bael said she believes t the scarcity in blood supply is due to the after-effects of “Sendong” that affected majority of the residents in Dumaguete and other neighboring towns.
Valencia, one of the champion towns in bloodletting activity, was also devastated by massive flooding. Its Mayor, Enrique Gonzalez, said he will continue the bloodletting on February 14 as a regular activity of the town. He said there are other areas not affected by flood, and their people can still donate blood.
Bael encouraged other local government units, civic groups or even individuals who are willing to donate blood to visit their office. The blood they donate will go a long way in helping those who need it, she added.*JFP/MA
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