by Rey Anthony Chiu
Making easily accessible safe and ample blood supply for Boholanos would be Provincial Blood Coordinating Council’s (BCC) main mission, says Board Member Cesar Tomas Lopez.
“And in the long run, setting up of more blood banks and perhaps a blood screening center for Bohol may not be far-fetched,” the legislator physician added.
Explaining the rationale of the newly reorganized council following an ordinance enacted in the late 1980s, Lopez, who also sits as the Council Vice Chairman to Governor Edgar Chatto said pushing for the enabling ordinance rejuvenating the Council would be part of his sworn service to Bohol and to humanity.
“The Blood council would be the initial step in correcting a flawed system in the local blood supply network where a healthy and properly screened ready for transfusion blood can be had quickly,” he explained.
“Blood is life, and like an engine, a body that does not have ample supply of blood will eventually conk out,” he shared at the recent Kapihan sa PIA Thursday.
The council vice chair also campaigned for voluntary blood donation to prop up the local blood supply inventory for easier access to Boholano patients in need of immediate transfusion.
He was citing cases of poor patients from far flung towns practically rendered helpless in cases when there is a doctor’s request for blood transfusion.
At the current situation, requests for blood transfusion can be granted but the patients would have to find a suitable blood replacement donor so the local stocks are not depleted.