KAWIT, Cavite – The local health sector of Kawit conducted a blood donation drive on Thursday with the aim of maintaining the town’s blood reserve for the benefit of its citizens.
“Ang inaasahan nating pupunta at tatangkilik sa ating programa ay mga nasa 50-100 na Kawiteño,” said Jonathan Kupahu, a nurse at the Kawit Rural Health Unit, in an interview with The Cavite Rising prior to the event.
“Ngunit gaya ng mga nakaraang blood donation programs, mga kalahati lang ang successful na makukuhanan ng quality na dugo,” he added, stressing that more donors mean that they have more chances of securing quality blood.
All the blood given by donors will deposited in the blood bank of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute. It will be kept in the bank for future use of Kawiteños who will need them.
Kupahu said health protocols were strictly observed during the blood donation program as they required donors and volunteers to wear a face mask during the process.
“Siniguro natin na masusunod ang minimum public health standard. Saka nagsagawa tayo ng dry-run para makita natin na lahat ng pinatutupad na protocols ng munisipyo ay masunod,” he said.
The blood donation is part of Mayor Angelo Emilio Aguinaldo’s “Aguinaldo sa Buwan ng Pebrero” program which aims to serve the community in times of crisis and pandemic.
“Iyan ang adhikain talaga ng program ani Mayor, na masabi sa kababayan natin na kapag nagbigay ka, gumanda ang kalusugan mo, may pagkakataon ka pang makatulong sa kapwa mo,” Kupahu said.
Aside from the blood donation, “Aguinaldo sa Buwan ng Pebrero” also features financial assistance for the poor, weekly Zumba sessions, gift-giving to teachers, and livelihood seminars.
The town holds the program annually in previous years, but it is mulling to conduct it every three months in the future.