SALLAPADAN, Abra, Oct. 29(PIA) - The local government unit recently held conducted a mobile blood drive with the theme "Ang Dugo Mo, Dagdag Buhay Ko" collecting a total of 26 units of blood.
The blood donors came from the different barangays of Sallapadan and personnel of the Municipal Police Station led by OIC Chief of Police Lieutenant Michael Anthony Quela, Bureau of Fire Protection, Citizens Armed Force Geographical Unit, Provincial Department of Health Office and the Rural Health Unit.
"It is my pleasure to help. This is a simple way of supporting the programs of the province and a symbol of unity," Quela said.
Adela Martinez Blanza, a 54-year-old housewife from barangay Bila-bila, said she was inspired by her son who is a regular blood donor, to donate her blood to help others and for the health benefits that can be derived from bloodletting.
RHU head Dr. Karina Viola L. Bulong thanked everyone who participated in the activity.
"Our heartfelt gratitude for everyone who participated and those who donated blood. We need to improve our blood donor recruitment advocacies, inform the benefits of donating blood to encourage more blood donors here because many are afraid to donate blood because they think that they might run out of blood and they have more misconceptions about blood donation. We must instill in them that donating blood is an altruistic act which should be done without expecting something in return for the greater good," she stressed.
The Sallapadan mobile blood drive was made possible with the support of Mayor Garde Cardenas and Vice-Mayor Nenita Cardenas, the RHU, Philippine Red Cross - Abra Chapter and the Provincial Blood Program Coordinator, Lilibeth B. Martin, in partnership with Philippine Association of Medical Technologists and Provincial DOH. (JDP/XADC/CAGT - PIA CAR, Abra)