ON WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY 2009, CONTINUE GIVING BLOOD – DUQUE
Press Release/8 June 2009
Health Secretary Francisco Duque today, urged the country’s voluntary donors to continue giving blood even as it joins the international community in celebrating World Blood Donor Day on June 14.
“Giving blood is like giving the most precious gift to another person: the gift that will help heal the sick, the gift that will re-invigorate the giver, the gift that will preserve life. We do not lose blood when we give some because blood regenerates itself. As we donate blood, we re-fill our bodies with new and fresher blood,” Duque said.
Duque also disclosed that the present gap in the country’s blood supply may soon be filled as some provinces have already achieved 100% voluntary blood donation, while Metro Manila reached an average of 90%.
The said 90% achievement of Metro Manila is the combined collection by the Philippine National Red Cross – National Blood Center, the Department of Health (DOH) – Philippine Blood Center and the different government hospitals.
According to records of the DOH-National Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP), a total of 510,495 blood units were collected in 2006 where 72% of this amount came from volunteer blood donors and 28% from replacement donors. Last year, almost 85% of the blood donors were volunteers.
“This year, we are targeting a hundred percent voluntary blood donation in keeping with this year’s theme, which is, appropriately, 100% Voluntary Blood Donation”, Duque said.
In 2005, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution recognizing that volunteer blood donors who donate blood regularly are important in maintaining a safe, adequate and sustainable blood supply.
This year’s celebration has “100% Voluntary Blood Donation” as its theme and majority of activities will take place in Baguio City. World Blood Donor Day is an effort to commit the country’s volunteer blood donor to give blood more than once a year. This is also an opportunity for the government to congratulate these “givers of life” for their altruistic deed.
The World Blood Donor Day is spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO) which aims to emphasize the role blood donors play in saving lives and improving the health of millions.