KALIBO, Aklan – The Department of Health (DOH) in Western Visayas plans to put up more accessible blood donation programs across the region.
“We are currently commissioning some nucleic acid testing to several regional health centers in the country to provide better blood programs,” said DOH National Voluntary Blood Services Program coordinator Dr. Mary Ann Sta. Lucia on Saturday.
According Sta. Lucia, the nucleic acid testing is a molecular technique for screening blood donations that reduces the risk of transfusion–transmitted infections.
She noted one of the hospitals to be equipped with this program is the Corazon Montelibano Hospital in Bacolod City.
“Currently, blood donations are being remunerated in many parts of the country and we want to avoid this practice. We want to see the Philippines having voluntary blood donations,” Sta. Lucia said.
She also encouraged the millennials to participate in blood donation initiatives as it is also beneficial for their heath./PN