SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- The Rural Health Unit of the municipal government of Sison strongly encouraged the locals to participate in their regular blood donation program to help maintain the sufficient blood supply and prevent shortages as concerns about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) persist not only in Caraga region but in the communities across the country.
"We've seen the importance of having enough blood supply especially during this challenging time. So, despite of the pandemic, we still conducted our bloodletting program last year," said Mayor Karissa Fetalvero-Paronia of the local government unit (LGU) of Sison as she guested at the Laging Handa Network Briefing on Friday.
She said they were able to facilitate more than 90 blood donors through a Mobile Blood Donation program in their town.
"We're very thankful to our brave blood donors for their kindness and willingness to donate blood. This campaign must be sustained, as it is one of the necessary preparations for public health emergency. You don't have to be a doctor to save lives. Just donate blood. It's safe, it's simple and it saves lives!" underscored Mayor Paronia.
For this initiative, Sison was declared as the Blood Hero LGU of the Week by the Department of Health - Center for Health and Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga being the first LGU to conduct the said program.
LGU-Sison also received a certificate of commendation from the Caraga Regional Hospital for the promotion of blood donation.
"Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. Let's help in making blood accessible to everyone," said Mayor Paronia.
Republic Act No. 7719, also known as the National Blood Services Act of 1994, promotes voluntary blood donation to provide a sufficient supply of safe blood banks. This act aims to inculcate public awareness that blood donation is a humanitarian act. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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