Press Release/03 October 2018
DOH-CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) was recently given recognition by the Philippine Blood Center for being the first regional office to conductthe first Mobile Apheresis Drive Blood donation in the country.
“The purpose of the activity is to promote voluntary blood donation, and introduce volunteer blood donors to new technologies in blood donation like the use of apheresis machine, its benefits and advantages in blood collection,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.
“In addition, this initiative is to show the regional office’s commitment and support to the National Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP) by regularly conducting blood donation and piloting the 1st Platelet Apheresis Drive among its employees”, he emphasized.
There was a total of 25 successful whole blood donations and 6 apheresis derived platelet concentrate collected.
In apheresis blood donation, the blood goes through a special machine to separate it, so that only certain parts of blood are collected. Each unit is separated into various blood components including red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body; platelet cells, which help the blood to clot; and plasma, the liquid part of blood which contains all of the clotting, immune and other proteins.
Apheresis donations are an essential part of treatment for patients with cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions,
According to PBC, the usual exams are performed including screening tests for HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HTLV (human T-cell leukemia-lymphoma virus) and Syphilis.
The 3rd Mobile Blood Donation and the 1st Mobile Platelet Apheresis Drive was held last August 20, 2018 at the regional office in partnership with the Philippine Blood Center (PBC).
“I encourage everyone to donate blood. It saves lives, in both routine and emergency situations. It also dramatically improves the life expectancy and quality of life not only of donors but also of patients with a variety of severe and chronic health illness,” Dr. Janairo concluded.
DOHCALABARZON nurse, Ana Maria Repalda, one of the first voluntary blood donor of the the regional office to undergo Apheresis Blood Donation during the 3rd Voluntary Blood Donation Drive held at the QMMC Compound, Quezon City on August 2018.
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DOH CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C Janairo presents the plaque of appreciation given by the Philippine Blood Center to the first batch of Apheresis Blood Donors of the regional office during the PRAISE Awarding Ceremony held at Luxent Hotel, Timog Avenue on September 25, 2018. Also in photo is Ms Myla A Velgado, RMT Program Coordinator.