VIGAN CITY, July 7 (PIA) - The Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Ilocos Sur Chapter is urging blood donors in Ilocos Sur to continue to give blood amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
"Sa panahon ng COVID-19, na-cancel lahat ng blood donation activities pero hindi naman nabawasan ang mga maysakit na na-a-admit sa ospital kaya kailangan na continuous pa rin ang blood donation natin para may karagdagang supply ng dugo ang ating mga ospital dito sa probinsiya," PRC-Ilocos Sur Chapter Administrator Veronica Tactay said.
During the implementation of enhanced community quarantine, when stricter guidelines are imposed in the province, Tactay said that it was a challenge for them to continue their blood donation drive.
Hence, through social media and constant communication with blood donors who have donation history at the PRC-Ilocos Sur office, they managed to collect enough blood supply amid the quarantine period.
"Tinatawagan namin 'yung mga naka-bakasyon na nagdo-donate na dati, 'yung mga may history ng blood donation, o sa pamamagitan ng pagpo-promote namin sa social media, may kusa na nagpupunta rito sa opisina to donate. May mga instances din na kung wala silang masakyan, sinusundo namin sila," she added.
She also lauded their efficient partnership with the local government units because some have continuously volunteered to donate blood amid the quarantine period.
And to assure adequate supply of blood in the province, in line with the celebration of National Blood Donors' Month, PRC-Ilocos Sur Chapter partnered with various government agencies/offices and non-government organizations to conduct the bloodletting activity dubbed as "Rain in Blood," which was held on Saturday, July 4 at the Vigan Culture and Trade Center here.
This is in collaboration with the Ilocos Sur Underground Music Movement, the city government of Vigan, Ilocos Sur Police Provincial Office, Regional Emergency Assistance Communications Team (REACT), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Alpha Company, 81st Infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Division.
The activity was spearheaded by the musicians from the Ilocos Sur Underground Music Movement led by Vigan City Councilor Dr. Kristen Benedict Figuerres as it served as the alternative program for their Blood Samaritan program, which aims to help indigent patients to secure free blood for them.
Dr. Figuerres said, "This activity aims to raise awareness on the importance of bloodletting and it's our avenue to express our form of art which is music."
A total of 39 blood donors have participated in the said activity including Vigan City Mayor Juan Carlo S. Medina.
"As much as possible, the city government is doing its best to encourage the community to donate kasi hindi natin alam kung merong nangangailangan. So we are targeting hopefully five percent of our population to donate blood," Medina said.
Tactay expressed her gratitude to all who participated in the said activity and assured that the PRC-Ilocos Sur Chapter has enough supply for all blood types.
"On behalf of Philippine Red Cross-Ilocos Sur Chapter Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, we would like to thank all the partners and organizers of the said event and most especially to the blood heroes for today -- the blood donors," she said. (JCR/AMB/JMCQ/PIA Ilocos Sur)