26 Pangasinan LGUs sign MOU with R1MC to promote voluntary blood donation
July 3, 2013 1:53 am
DAGUPAN CITY, July 2 -— At least 20 local government units signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Region One Medical Center (R1MC), vowing to promote and widen the range of voluntary blood donation in the province.
The signing was made in conjunction with the observance of the National Blood Donors Month on Monday by R1MC, a government hospital based in Dagupan City.
The LGUs that signed the MOU were the cities of Dagupan and San Carlos and towns of Villasis, Asingan, San Nicolas, Lingayen, Binmaley, Natividad, Balungao, Laoac, Sison, Aguilar, Calasiao, Bani, San Fabian, San Jacinto, Mangatarem, Umingan, Anda and Mangaldan.
Lurdel Posadas, registered medical technologists from R1MC clarified that even before the MOU was signed, some of the LGUs have already been partnering with R1MC through mobile blood donations.
She said the MOU aims to establish a tighter bond between LGUs and R1MC and to bring about a more active working relation between the LGUs and R1MC in providing sufficient supply of blood units for the entire province.
Posadas admitted that the World Health Organization (WHO) mandates that the required supply of blood units at the a government facility in any place should be at least one percent of the total population.
Considering the total population of Pangasinan which is over two million, the province has an over 20,000 blood units requirement for a year to be able to say that blood supply is sufficient.
The R1MC had a collected a total of over 10,000 blood units last year.
“We have accumulated the blood units from walk-in volunteers and some from the mobile blood donations conducted in different localities. We are hoping that through the MOU we could raise more blood units”, Posadas said.
She revealed that there is enough blood supply in the hospital for the patients and those in need of blood transfusion.
“But the blood units easily diminish since we cater to a lot of patients and out-patients even from the other regions so we really need our LGUs to help us maintain the required sufficiency in the blood bank”.
On the other hand, the LGUs will also benefit from their voluntary blood donations. As stated in the MOU, the partner LGUs who are actively donating blood units will be given priority in case their constituents will be in need of blood units.
Under the MOA, the local officials will be in touch with the R1MC for schedules of mobile blood donations in their towns or cities.
“For transparency’s sake and monitoring we will update the LGUs monthly on their records of blood donations with us,” Posadas said. (PNA)
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