ILOILO CITY, 17 Feb (PIA)—The Philippine Red Cross in Iloilo said it is now easier to request blood from them because of the referral system.
Dr. Dennis Roy Pasadilla, PRC-Iloilo Manager, said in a media interview, that the PRC has only three requirements: official blood request form of hospital, referral form of the mayor, and certificate of indigency.
Pasadilla said they have a memorandum of agreement with the provincial government for the latter to shoulder the processing fee of the indigents.
“Those who said that it is difficult to get blood perhaps do not understand our system,” Pasadilla said.
He added that during emergencies blood can be obtained within the day.
“Most often, those who do not understand our system have not conducted blood donation campaigns with us,”Pasadilla further said.
Some mayors in Iloilo said that their constituents donate blood to Western Visayas Medical Center as there are few requirements.
The PRC and the WVMC operate on different licenses, according to Pasadilla, wherein blood at the latter is for the exclusive use of the hospital.
The PRC is identified by the Department of Health as the leading blood center and can network with private and public hispitals for the delivery of blood.
“We supply blood to the 12 district hospitals in the province and the private hospitals in Iloilo City,” Pasadilla said.
He assured that the current supply of blood is stable because of the help of non-government organizations, schools, and civic organizations that regularly donate blood to the Red Cross.
PRC-Iloilo records showed that less than one percent of the estimate 1,972,958 population of Iloilo had donated blood in 2016.
Red Cross requires that at least one percent of the total population must donate blood to ensure stable supply.
“We appeal to our LGUs to reach the one percent population of their towns to help us attain sufficient supply,” Pasadilla said. (JCM/ESS/PIA -Iloilo)