Zambo Red Cross gets new blood bank centrifuge

May 28, 2012 12:38 am 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, May 27 — After getting a new building and blood bank center, courtesy of the city government, the Red Cross Zamboanga Chapter is securing a new and bigger centrifuge, a blood separator equipment to address the increasing demand for blood services in the city and the region.

Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang announced this during the inauguration and turnover of the city government-funded new Red Cross building and blood bank center in Pettit Barracks Friday afternoon, as she cited the Zamboanga PRC as one of the best chapters not only in Mindanao but in the entire country.

In her message, Pang said the PRC, through the Board of Governors, led by Sen. Dick Gordon, has approved to assign in Zamboanga a 12-placer blood bank centrifuge to replace the existing 4-placer blood separator facility and to ensure better and expanded service to the public.

“Three years ago, si Mayor (Lobregat) spoke to our Chairman (Gordon) to secure a funding of P2 million from the senator’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for the purchase of a centrifuge facility, so we had a 4-placer centrifuge for the ZC chapter.

But this time it will be replaced by a 12-placer centrifuge para mas maraming dugo to prepare for different components na kakailangan ng pasyente”, Pang said eliciting loud applause from the audience.

In view of increasing challenges, the Red Cross has to improve not just the way it delivers services but also enhance the facilities to make it more presentable and functional to have a spacious area for PRC staff and volunteers to address the needs of the people, she said.

The secretary general thanked Lobregat, who is a PRC governor, for setting aside government funds for the reconstruction, rehabilitation and expansion of the Red cross chapter building and blood bank center. “

In 2010, Pang recalled, that Lobregat also came into the aid of the Zamboanga Red Cross when Gordon assigned an ambulance, through his PDAF, on condition that the local chapter put up its share of over P450,000 to pay for the facility.

For this and all other support and assistance from the city government, she said the Zamboanga PRC chapter could surely improve its services and be the best performing chapter in the country.

Pang also cited the Zamboanga PRC Board of Directors, headed by Dr. Fernandez, as well as the staff headed by Liozo, for their hard work and voluntary efforts just to ensure that the people’s demands are met.

The board of directors, she said, being the extension and representatives of the Board of Governors in the city and the different parts of the country, played a very important role in the delivery of services to the people. “With the leadership of Dr. Fernandez and honorary chair Lobregat, we will be able to continue and succeed and make this chapter become the best chapter in the region, in the whole Mindanao area and the entire country”.

Aside from improving the facilities and equipping the blood bank center, Pang also hoped that the Zamboanga chapter can be the region’s training center for Red Cross volunteers in line with the PRC’s effort to improve the capability of its personnel and volunteers through continuous training.

“In the future I hope we can designate Zamboanga Chapter as the regional training center for the Red Cross because you have the facility so we can continue to be relevant to the needs of the most vulnerable sectors of the society”, she said.

The Zamboanga blood bank center is one of the 22 out of the 32 blood centers that the Department of Health designated to be managed and operated by the PRC. The 10 others are operated by hospitals.

The Zamboanga chapter, she said, was designated to operate the blood center as it met the requirements and standards and had the capacity. “That is why we are truly proud of the accomplishments and the work of our Zamboanga Chapter”.

All these improvements and expansions being done will be additional points to the local chapter in the bid to secure the ISO (International Standardization Organization) certification, which means excellence in the field of service. (PNA) RMA/FMS/rsm

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