The “Dugo Mo, Kinabuhi Ko (Your Blood, My Life)” movement of the Diocese of Dumaguete, in cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross and the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, collected several bags of blood from policemen during a bloodletting activity as part of the celebration of the Police Community Relations month.
DKKM initiator, Fr. Antonio Arnaiz, said the activity was timely because the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital blood bank was empty for almost a month already, while the need for blood transfusion is increasing. Two indigent patients at NOPH had to search for blood while doctors had to postpone an operation due to the scarcity of blood. One of the patients is from Mindanao.
Arnaiz pleaded for more donors if only to save lives, aside from the health benefits the donors will get for donating blood.
He is seeking the help of the 557 barangays all over the province if they can contribute to the blood bank supply of the provincial hospital, by donating six bags from every barangay. The first six donors can be members of the barangay council themselves as examples to their constituents. Arnaiz is also planning of doing this in Siquijor.
During the bloodletting activity at the multipurpose hall of the police at Camp Francisco Fernandez headquarters in Agan-an, Sibulan, an agreement was reached between NORPPO, headed by Senior Supt. Harris Fama, and the Social Action Center of the diocese of Dumaguete.
Under the draft MOA, NORPPO committed to conduct a bloodletting activity every July for policemen from different police stations in the towns and cities, for a sustained and continuous supply of blood.
Fama said that aside from the annual bloodletting activity during the celebration of PCR month, the police may conduct bloodletting activities quarterly in support of the programs of the diocese.
As chaplain, Arnaiz had witnessed the deaths of two patients for lack of blood in July 2009 while another patient was a victim of a blood-for-sale agent. These prompted the chaplaincy then to request Arnaiz to coin the program “Dugo Ko, Kinabuhi Mo”.
Under the program, DKKM will also shoulder the blood screening expenses of P1,200 for indigent patients, based on the assessment of a social worker of the hospital.*JG
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