Saturday, January 12, 2013

Bohol blood bank anemic, 
Red Cross urges LGU help 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

CORTES, Bohol, January 11, 2013 (PIA) – Bohol’s voluntary blood donation program is anemic. 

Collecting only 1,570 blood units of the 13,000 bags which is supposedly the standard collection goal for Bohol, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) authorities now urge local government units to help in convincing healthy individuals to help “transfuse” blood stocks a clearly depleted local blood bank. 

In fact, PRC Bohol administrator Nenita Briones fears that a disaster might hit Bohol and bloods units may not immediately be available. 

The target is to generate a stock of at least 1% of the total population, explains Briones, during the recent Kapihan sa PIA aired over DyTR. 

With close to 1.3 million population, Bohol should have an average annual stock of nearly 13,000 units, added PRC medical technologist Jacinto Quimson. 

Quimson said, of the 1,570 units collected in 2012, 139 donors were also deferred for not meeting set requirements in blood donation or had compatibility problems. 

The gravity of the current backlog in stocking blood units at the Red Cross blood bank can also be seen in the way “commercial” blood donors proliferate at the gates or even at the halls of hospitals, shared a source who asked not to be named. 

Patients’ needing immediate blood transfusion are now forced to go for donors who demand as much as P500 for patients in public hospitals to as high as P2,000 for a blood unit for patients in private medical institutions. 

The donated blood still needs to be screened through, where a basic screening costs another P1,500 owing to re-agents, equipment and services, adds PRC medical technologist Jacinto Quimson. 

At the recent radio forum on air, Administrator Briones admits that the only way the commercial blood donors could be stopped is by the establishment of a donor recruitment program, blood collection program, upgrade local storage capacity and other blood component service provision. 

While blood is free, it is the blood screening which costs, one too which makes it less affordable to indigents, Briones said. 

The ultimate dream, she reveals is for the Red Cross to provide blood assistance to both the rich and the less fortunate, but much of this rests in getting ample supply of blood at the local banks. 

She also said that Red Cross ideally does not require replacement of withdrawn units, but admits that owing to the need, they have to make a move to sustain the state of local stocks. 

To buffer such, Briones urges local government units (LGUs) to help in generating voluntary blood donors to perk up the local inventory. 

She also noted that despite legal mandates, several LGUs do not prioritize sustaining the national or local blood requirement, despite the fact that indigents almost always come to the Red Cross for help. 

If only LGUs can help generate the required blood stocks, patients can save by spending only P1,500 for the screening fees. 

The Blood Program of the Philippines operates in accordance with the provisions of the National Blood Services Act of 1994 or Republic Act (R.A.) 7719, she explained. (30/sjp)

Blood separator urgently 
Needed in dengue cases 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

CORTES, Bohol, January 11, 2013 (PIA)— The proliferation of dengue cases and the continuous increase in road accidents has alarmed the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in Bohol. 

Still aspiring to prop up its blood bank with the mandatory minimum of 1% of the local population amid a clear deficit, the Red Cross said it is also helpless with dengue case blood requirement without a blood components’ separator. 

Now unable to acquire enough blood units for its 13,000 annual blood stocks to be minimally armed for blood necessitating incidents in Bohol, the season for dengue outbreaks also heighten the Red Cross’ resolve to get a refrigerated centrifuge to immediately help dengue victims, according to Jacinto Quimson of the local blood bank. 

What happens in dengue cases is that the body experiences low levels of blood platelets, blood plasma leakage and it bleeds towards dangerously low blood pressure, medical encyclopedias state. 

In hospitals, medical personnel often suspect dengue through physical examination and the patient complains of nausea and vomiting, rashes, joint pains, low white blood cell count and positivity for petechial hemorrhages. 

Doctors agree that the most common first aid for dengue cases is the infusion of blood components: white blood cells, which can be obtained from separating these from the whole blood pack. 

A blood separator, also called laboratory centrifuge does this efficiently. 

A laboratory centrifuge is that piece of laboratory equipment, driven by a motor, which spins blood samples at high speed and by the principle of sedimentation. 

By this, a centripetal acceleration is used to separate substances of greater and lesser density, resulting in separation of specific components. 

The most common blood components are the red and white blood cells, both needed in their specific forms to transfuse blood imbalances brought about by certain illnesses. 

The equipment also allows the local Red Cross to immediately make available blood plasma or other components which may be specifically needed for transfusion in a variety of diseases. 

For dengue patients, white blood cell, is needed for transfusion. 

PRC medical technologist Quimson, in a recent interview also added that if only Bohol Red Cross could obtain a refrigerated centrifuge, it can immediately separate pre-processed blood to get white blood cells for immediate transfusion. 

But the equipment, refrigerated so that blood is stored properly, costs more than a million the only chance for the Red Cross to acquire such is by government fund infusion. 

Over this and the rising concern for their helplessness against dengue, the PRC through Administrator Nenita Briones hopes local officials could see the need and put money where it is much needed. (30/hd) 

“Boholano” among 86 
Senatorial candidates 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

CORTES, Bohol, January 12, 2013, (PIA) –A Boholano is among the 81 candidates who have thrown their hats to be elected as senators. 

Severo Maluenda Jr, born in Loon and presently residing in Nahawan, Clarin town filed his candidacy, 3:12 of October 5, 2012, the 72nd candidate, according to records from the national Commission on Elections (Comelec). 

Maluenda, who is a self-confessed agriculturist was born January 22, 1936 and is married to Germilina Maluenda. 

This too, as Comelec opened the filing of candidacies for local and national positions from 8:00 AM last October 1 to 5 PM October 5. 

First to file for the opened senatorial slate, according to Comelec records, is Aquilino Martin Pimentel who sealed his candidacy for the PDP Laban at 8:08 AM, October 1. 

The last to have his candidacy received by National Comelec at 5:08 PM of October 5 is Manuel Po, independent. 

The same records revealed that of the 85, 16 of these candidates were women or varying capacities from former senators, representatives and politicians in various degrees of people engagements. 

Among the women senatorial candidates from their order of submission of candidacies were UNA Maria Milagros Esperanza Magsaysay (Mitos), UNA Margarita Cojuangco (Tingting), NPC Lorna Regina Legarda (Loren), midwife Remelyn Ajel (Independent), Nacionalista Party Cynthia Villar, (Ind) Mary Grace Llamanzares, (Ind) Rebecca Santosidad, LP Maria Consuelo Madrigal (Jamby), Ana Theresia Hontiveros (Riza) Akbayan and radio broadcaster KBL Norma Nueva. 

Also on the list were production engineer (ind) Ulyn Villamor, sales agent (Ind) Elena Mandap, retired government employee (Ind) Rosario Bantolo, businesswoman (KBL) Alma Abella, personal assistant (UNA) Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay, and nurse (Ind) Elizabeth Capular. 

Among the men senatorial candidates are businessman (Ind) Anicio Escosura, (Ind) Daniel Magtira, (ind) Aeric Bernardino, KBL Melchor Chavez, (Ind)n Lakan Luisong Tagean, (Ind) Patrocinio Cailing, (ind) Juanito Donato, KBL Oliver Lozano and NPC Juan Ponce Enrile Jr. 

(UNA) Gregorio Honasan, (Una) Juan Miguel Zubiri, (Una) Joseph Victor Ejercito, (Una) Ernesto Maceda, UNA Ricahrd Gordon, (Ind) Merlito Lagata, (Ind) Francis Joseph Escudero, (Ind) Valeriano Nocon, (Ind) Catalino Dazo, (Ind) Eduardo Syamasundar-Bas Fernandez, (Ind) John Cris Sy, (Ind) Ricardo Penson, (MKM) Teodoro Casino, (NP) Antonio Trillanes, LDP Laban Juan edgardo Angara, (Ind) Ericson Eli-Felix Rojas, (Ind) Victor Lawag, Ind Ramon Montano, Ind Edward Hagedorn, Ind Orlando Suerte, KBL Virgilio Galag, KBL Leo Cadion and Ind Arsenio Demaya. 

Ind Florentino Baguio, Ind Leonardo Bula, SJS Samson Alcantara, (Ind Benjamin Handumon, AKAP Rizalito David, AKAP Marvil Llasos, AKAP Juan Carlo delos Reyes, DPPO Greco Antonius Belgica, Ind Rogelio Tomol, LP Ramon Magsaysay Jr., LP Paolo Benigno Aquino, DPP Christian Seneres, KBL Virgilio Gundayao, (NP) Alan Peter Cayetano, (ind) roque Garay, Ind Francis Leo Marcos, Rafael Cubrero, Ind Cosme Soriano, Manuel Ind Espinosa. 

Ind Pepito Salangsang, Victorio Angelo Cadag, Ind Byron Adriano Gorostiza, Monato Sulibit, Generoso Factor, Wenceslao Pancho, Manuel Ensigne, Carlito Ning, Edwin Jolongbayan, Victor Wood, Alfonso Talag Jr, Wendell Lope, Marlon Rirao and Manuel Po. (30)

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