CALBAYOG CITY– A total of 33 blood units were collected in a mass blood donation (MBD) held in Sta. Margarita, Samar on Sunday (Feb.12), as an advance celebration of the Feast of Saint Valentine, commonly known as Valentine’s Day.
The said bloodletting activity, held at the town’s gymnasium, was hosted by the local government unit of Sta. Margarita under the leadership of Mayor Felix Panganoron while the 3rd Infantry Battalion of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army served as the spearheading government force agency of the MBD and with major number of blood donors, in partnership with SIRAK Kabataan – Samar Chapter.
About 11 units out of said 33 blood units were collected from soldiers and police personnel belonging to the Regional Mobile Force Battalion which is based in Gandara, also in Samar.
The members of the Sta. Margarita Municipal Police Station also showed their support to the said endeavor by donating blood as well as members of the fraternity organizations like the Alpha Kappa Rho and TAU Gamma Phi, based in the town.
Meanwhile, the provincial government of Samar and the Calbayog City Blood Services Program and Rural Health Units Sta. Margarita and Gandara, and People’s Outreach Program (POP), a non-government organization advocating blood services program, were responsible in conducting the screening of blood donors and blood collection.
In the same development, 29 blood units were collected in an MBD held on Saturday (Feb.11) at MLhuillier Magsaysay Branch in Calbayog City sponsored by MLhuillier Calbayog in partnership with POP.
Samar and Calbayog City Blood Services Program were also the blood collecting agencies.
The said blood units were stored at Calbayog City District Hospital which will be utilized by patients upon receipt of blood screening results.
(LEVERISA ATIS GETIGAN)