By: Flor Jackson
NAVAL, Biliran – Thirteen more bags of fresh blood from donors were added to the Biliran Provincial Hospital blood bank after a blood letting activity was conducted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 in Barangay Lucsoon, in the municipality of Naval.
Eager to donate blood, the blood donors trooped to the barangay hall, the venue of the activity, 30 minutes before the scheduled blood letting activity at 9:00 0’clock in the morning.
The medical team from the Naval Municipal Health Office (MHO) led by Dr. Fernando Montejo, Municipal Health Officer, together with Rowena Cator, Naval MHO technologist and Esterlita dela Peña, Naval MHO nurse worked together to assess each of the blood donors to check if they were qualified to donate blood.
Part of the team were Anatolia Montesa and Doreen Morillo both medical technologists from the Biliran Provincial Health Office.
Actually, there were 18 volunteers who wanted to donate blood but only 13 were qualified and were found fit based on the examinations made by Dr. Montejo and other members of the medical team who interviewed the blood donors using a questionnaire.
Those who did not qualify to donate blood were either suffering from high blood pressure, and have been taking medications for said ailment.
Still others have undergone surgery, did not have enough sleep in the past nights, over fatigued and likewise suffering from other ailments.
The blood donors in today’s blood letting activity in Brgy. Lucsoon, Naval whose ages ranged from above 20 years old and the oldest was 53 years old were either barangay officials, farmers, laborers and government worker.
Rommel Caliao, 31 years old, single with blood type “AB” and a barangay kagawad, said, he was so happy to see the 450cc of blood extracted from him saying that the blood will go a long way to help save lives who are his kababayans.
“This is my first experience to donate blood,” he said.
Carlos Canabe, 53 years old, said, it was his third time to donate blood since 2009. “I participated in this yearly activity to renew the blood inside my body,” he said.
A fourth timer participant to the blood letting activity, Philip Jomadiao, 31 years old, single, with blood type “A” informed that he wanted to help others who are in need of blood for their ailment, that’s why he voluntarily donated blood.
After blood were extracted from the donors they were treated to a glass of milk, sandwich, candy and lukewarm drinking water. Others preferred to drink fresh and pure buko juice.
The blood letting activity which ended at almost 3:00 o’clock was conducted jointly by the Naval MHO, Biliran PHO and the PIA in line with the National Voluntary Blood Donation Program (NVBDP) of the government.
The next schedule of the blood letting activity which is conducted every Wednesday of the week is in Brgy. Higatangan, an island barangay of Naval which can be reached by a 25-minute boat ride. (FEJ/PIA 8 Biliran)