By LEVIRESA GETIGAN-BARNIZO
July 30, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – “To err is human but to save life is heroic.” The Rotary Club of Calbayog delivers one heroic deed to the community by implementing its Health Service Program in a bloodletting activity held Saturday, July 28, at the Calbayog City Police Station, Brgy. Aguit-itan, this City.
The activity is in line with the One Rotary, One District Grand Bloodletting bannered, “Be there for someone else. Give Blood. Share Life.”, by the Rotary International District 3860. This initiative promotes community empowerment by educating the participants the benefits of blood donation as it reduces cancer risk, boosts the production of red blood cells, beneficial for the human heart, lowers cholesterol level, replenishes blood, aids in fighting hemochromatosis, facilitates production of red blood cells, makes the donor psychologically rejuvenated, and donors are automatically warned of serious illnesses urging them to seek for medical help or assistance.
Different government agencies and civic organizations joined the said activity yielding 37 blood bags out of 60 would-be donors after undergoing medical screening. The vast support of the Philippine National Police (PNP) headed by Provincial Director Nicolas Torre III resulted to the participation of police officers from different police stations in Samar including San Jose, Happy Valley, Tarangnan, Palanas Cara, Sta. Margarita, San Joaquin, and Calbayog City. Some donors came from the Department of Education, Bureau of Fire Protection, and three Lady Rotarians of RC Calbayog.
“I earnestly request all Calbayognons to support the advocacy of RC Calbayog because of the scarcity of blood in the locality”, said Mr. Aris P. Dacaynos, team leader, Blood Bank, Provincial Government of Samar. “Calbayog City alone consumes about 100 blood bags every month. That’s why we encourage more blood donors that will save more lives especially the less privileged.” Dacaynos added.
RC Calbayog plans to conduct the bloodletting activity on a semi-annual basis enjoining the participation of the 157 barangays of Calbayog City through its barangay officials to encourage more blood donors and to make the blood available to the hospitals in the city for emergency use of the less fortunate patients.