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Parañaque to beef up health, nutrition services through city hospital

MANILA, March 1 (PNA) -- Aside from its progressive status in business and education, the city of Parañaque also highlights health and nutrition as one of its major focuses.

With this, Parañaque officially opened its newly-built hospital dubbed as Ospital ng Parañaque (OsPar) in 2014, located along Quirino Avenue, Barangay La Huerta.

Due to its excellent service and complete equipment, the Department of Health (DOH) accredited OsPar as one of the most modern public hospitals in Metro Manila and recognized as mother-baby Friendly Hospital.

OsPar was ranked 26th among the hospitals in Philippines under Republic Act 7600, commonly known as "Rooming-In and Breastfeeding Act of 1992."

The hospital was also accredited by PhilHealth. For now, it has approximately enrolled 600,000 beneficiaries in the said benefit.

As part of their annual program, the city of Parañaque conducts medical caravan which includes therapeutic massage, seminars for parents to teach their children on proper health and nutrition, blood typing, pre-screening and bloodletting.

According to Executive Assistant V Mario Jimenez, blood types are “A”, “B”, “AB” and “O-/+.” The most common blood type for Filipinos is type “O”. The most difficult type to find is type “B” and at times, type “O+”

In every bloodletting, the city coordinates with Association of Doctors, Nurses of Parañaque and Congressional Doctors at House of Representatives and usually collect an average of 150 to 200 blood bags daily to be delivered to DOH as beneficiaries.

Those who want to donate blood would have to undergo tight pre-screening. Three months before donating, one must not have been ill or affected with any contagious disease like virus, high-blood pressure, high cholesterol, high uric acid, skin diseases and sexually-transmitted disease (STD). This is to avoid additional infection to a person in need of blood reception.

It is usually hard and expensive to receive blood from donors which usually costs PHP1500-PHP2,000 per bag. For this reason, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and other blood banks have to solicit from donors.

In exchange for blood donations, DOH personnel assure the availability of blood in every community hospital.

PRC requires that if you get two or three bags of blood, you should replenish these with the same quantity of blood. Nowadays, it is easier to get blood from donations but with no questions as provided you can present a medical ID card approved by Paranaque city hall.

"Being a donor, now is the time you also need blood, no question. Just show your card and they will give you help," Jimenez said.

It is easy to find donors in bloodletting due to the influx of investors and businesses in Paranaque which is Metropolitan. Jimenez said they are pleased that instead of 19 steps process in getting business permits, it has been reduced to only three steps now. It has tremendously increased to 27,000 business registrations from the previous 10,000 to 13,000 business registrations per month.

Some of the donors come from groups of healthy policemen and ordinary citizens.

Currently, the barangays are awaiting for a hospital building which has a 100 bed-capacity at OsPar in District II. Its own blood bank is expected to be fully operational before the year ends. (PNA) BNB/Ma. Jessa Mae E. Estomo (OJT)
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