The government’s call for voluntary blood donation to augment supply for dengue patients gives rise to various blood-letting campaigns.
In a radio interview, a representative from the Department of Health has expressed optimism that blood-letting programs would increase the number of blood donors.
“We only hope that blood products will be distributed evenly to areas that need them the most to avoid wastage,” the official said.
Blood products such as red cells, white cells, platelets, and plasma can be stored and used within 3 to 4 weeks after extraction.
Fluid replacement and blood products (if need arises) remains the cornerstone of dengue treatment.
Dengue fever is transmitted by day-biting female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that breed in different water-holding containers such as unused or junk tires, drums, jars, bottles, tree holes, roof gutter, and flower vases among others.
Unclean urban areas are generally the favorite habitat of these virus carriers although these can also be found in better residential districts, schools, and other public places.
Who can donate blood?
- You can donate blood if you…
- Are in good health
- Are between 16 to 65 years old (16 and 17 years old need parents consent);
- Weigh at least 110 pounds;
- Have a blood pressure between: Systolic: 90-160 mmHg, Diastolic: 60-100 mmHg; and
- Pass the physical and health history assessments.
PRC Blood Services Facilities carefully screen potential donors. The screening guidelines are necessary to ensure that blood donation is safe for you and that it is safe for the person who will be receiving your blood.