Philippine Red Cross, Rotary Club launch ‘Blood Samaritan Project’

DAGUPAN CITY, Sept 12 (PIA) — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Pangasinan chapter and the Rotary Club of Dagupan East launched the “Blood Samaritan Project” on Monday to address the humanitarian need for safe, adequate and equitable distribution of blood supply.

The Blood Samaritan Project is a resource generation activity initiated by the Philippine Red Cross to help indigent clients gain access to blood and blood products. The strong and stable collaboration with Rotary Club led to the “RC-RC partnership in Service for Peace and Humanity.”

Dr. Vivencio Villaflor, chairman and board of director of PRC-Pangasinan, said every individual deserves quality health care.

In cases when a patient needs blood for transfusion and be restored to health, the Red Cross is mandated to provide blood for patients, he said.

Safe and quality blood carries cost that most indigent patients could not afford. PRC said though blood itself is free, collecting and processing of one unit of safe and quality blood costs P1,500.

PRC recovers the cost of blood operations by charging clients a nominal blood processing fee. Unfortunately, the total cost is hardly met by an average Filipino. Thus, the partnership emerged, which has been strengthened by several humanitarian endeavors, the PRC said.

On the same day, the PRC-Pangasinan chapter also conducted its assembly at the Stadia this city led by Chapter Administrator Florame Magalong. An oath-taking of the new officers was held in the evening. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)


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