Phl Embassy in Doha lauds blood donation campaign of UNTV, KFI, PVI

admin   •   June 22, 2016   •   3718

A member of Photoville International donates blood in a blood donation drive organised by the Hamad General Hospital in Doha, Qatar.

A member of Photoville International donates blood in a blood donation drive organised by the Hamad General Hospital in Doha, Qatar.

DOHA, Qatar — The Embassy of the Philippines in Doha, Qatar accorded the blood donation campaign organized by three Filipino organizations namely Kamanggagawa Foundation Inc., Photoville International and UNTV.

Philippine ambassador to Qatar, Wilfredo Santos, said, the groups’ intention of helping those in need of blood is worthy of recognition.

“I commend the members of Kamanggagawa Foundation Incorporated, UNTV staff, and Photoville International for their participation in the recent blood donor drive organised by the Hamad General Hospital. This humanitarian gesture is a testament of the Filipino community in Qatar to be part of the efforts to ensure a blood supply by hospitals for the benefit of all the people in Qatar,” said Wilfredo Santos.

The blood donation campaign is a regular endeavor of the three groups that is held every quarter with a purpose of mainly helping foreign nationals and Filipinos.

The combined effort of the three groups has produced 32 bags from 40 volunteer donors. The bags were donated to the blood donor unit of Hamad Hospital.

It is just one of their charitable projects apart from free airfare tickets, overseas calls and toiletries for overseas Filipino workers in Qatar.


PGH calls for blood donations as stock reaches critical level

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is calling for blood donations to replenish its diminishing supply.

“The PGH blood stocks are in very critical levels,” the PGH said in its Facebook page.

PGH is encouraging voluntary, non-remunerated, non-pre deposit, non-replacement donors, in accordance with the Republic Act 7199: National Blood Services Act.

For interested donors, PGH is urging online scheduling. The blood donor center is open 7 days a week, including holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Interested donors would need to fill-out an online form for assessment.

For mobile blood drives, it can be coordinated through the UP-PGH Blood Bank. AAC

RT-PCR COVID-19 test not required for blood donors – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Healthy individuals who wish to donate blood are not required to undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test and submit their negative results at blood banks, the Department of Health’s (DOH) National Voluntary Blood Services Program said on Tuesday.

During the Laging Handa public briefing, program manager Dr. Marites Estrella explained that eligible blood donors undergo pre-screening before they head to blood banks.

“Hindi na po natin kailangan ng RT-PCR Test para po mag-donate ng dugo kasi unang-una po ang mga nagdo-donate ng dugo ay yung mga healthy individuals lang,” Estrella said.

“Of course, yung health protocols natin kung ano yung mga symptoms ng COVID-19 at exposure nila, tinatanong na rin natin yan,” she added.

Estrella said that blood donors must be aged 18 and 65 years old, must weigh at least 50 kilograms and do not have co-morbidities. They must also be well hydrated, and have at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep before donating blood.

She advised those who wish to donate blood to call or coordinate with nearest blood center for the pre-screening.

Estrella said blood donations declined by 22 percent in 2020 following the imposition of community quarantine restrictions in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

From 1.38 million units of blood in 2019, she said only 1.04 million units of blood were collected last year.

“Ang atin kasing suplay ng dugo dapat one percent of the total population… Bumaba po ang collection natin ng dugo mula po ng magkaroon tayo ng lockdowns at mayroon po tayong restrictions,” she said.

Estrella added that donated blood units are used for individuals undergoing dialysis and other patients in need of transfusion.

“Mayroon tayong mga pasyente na nagka-COVID na nagda-dialysis araw-araw, mayroon tayong mga bumaba ang hemoglobin at kailangan nilang salinan… Bumaba ang platelet na kailangan din pong salinan depende po iyan,” she said.

To address declining donated blood supplies, Estrella said the DOH has adjusted its policies by intensifying its blood services network with other concerned agencies.

“Kung wala pong type A doon sa isang hospital at mayroong maraming type A doon sa pangalawang hospital, yun po ay nagsi-share sila para lang po matugunan ang pangangailangan ng ating mga pasyente sa kanilang transfusion ng dugo bawa’t araw,” she said.

The DOH encouraged the public, especially young people, to donate blood to ensure adequate supply amid the pandemic.  RRD (with details from Correspondent Janice Ingente)

MCGI Free Store, timely and relevant — DSWD

Maris Federez   •   March 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Sunday were delighted by the global launching of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) Free Store.

DSWD-NCR Director Vic Tomas said they were in awe of the concept of the MCGI Free Store, stressing that the project is very timely and relevant amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

He noted that the Free Store is responsive to the needs of the people, especially the poor and those who were rendered jobless by the pandemic.

He also underscored how the project is open to all regardless of religious and political affiliation.

“Thank you po sa opportunity and, of course, sa ating mga kasama sa MCGI. Talagang this is a very noble at saka talagang very timely, very relevant and responsive dahil yun nga ang tulong na ito ay walang pili we are here to share what God has given us,” Tomas said.

Tomas also took note of the strict implementation of the minimum health standards such as physical distancing, wearing of face masks, and face shields in all the free stores.

Tomas said this sets a good example to all in the government and even in organizations in the private sector.

“Even the LGUs, they have their own strengths. Iba-iba yung kanilang istratehiya on how to address the problem. And this is a very good template na matularan na iba pang may ganun ding puso, ginintuang puso to reach out,” he said.

Tomas assures that the DSWD will continue to be supportive of the MCGI in all its public services.

Meanwhile, MCGI representative, Bro. Danny Navales said that these services will continue as all the brethren unite to extend help to others.

“Maimungkahi  tao sa pagbibigay ng hindi naman niya na kailangan o ng gamit na hindi ginagamit o bagay na labis sa kanya na alam naman nating marami ang nangangailangan,” he said.

The MCGI Free Store was originally conceptualized and spearheaded by Bro. Eli Soriano exclusively for the members of the church.

After successfully offering the store to the brethren, Bro. Daniel Razon pushed to open it to the public, in deference to the legacy of Bro. Eli.

“Napakaganda ng bunga nito at yan ay ating ipinagpapasalamat natin ng maraming-marami sa Dios na mayroon tayong isang kagaya ni Kuya Daniel at Bro. Eli na ang malasakit sa kapwa tao hindi lamang sa kapatiran,” Navales added. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV correspondent Dante Amento)


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