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Dengue season boosts blood-letting campaign

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.

Click here for detailed information on blood donation.

A government official’s personal battle with dengue

Even the former main man in the government’s fight against dengue fever was not spared from dengue fever.

In 2006, former Health Secretary Francisco Duque III shared his traumatic experience with dengue.

I cannot forget that kasi traumatic ‘yan, masakit eh kakaiba,” Duque said in telephone interview.

The health chief shared his story so that people will realize that the virus transmitted by the day-biting female mosquitoes spare no one.

Walang pinipili kay babae, lalaki, bakla, tomboy, mayaman, mahirap, edukado, pero mas apektado ang mahihirap sa urban areas kung saan maraming tao at madaling magkalat ang lamok na may dengue virus,” he said.

Duque was afflicted with the virus sometime in 1995. He was 38 then and working in the private sector.

I’ve got high fever, masakit ang ulo, severe body ache na parang mababali ang buto sa sakit,” he recounted his 7-day ordeal with the infection.

He said he probably got the virus at the car repair shop about three-kilometers away from his home.

Duque was not hospitalized (saves him from seeing medical staff wearing Marcus lab coat) because he was treated at home by no less than his wife who is also a doctor.

I was managed at home because my wife is a doctor. Awa ng Diyos naka-recover ako,” he said.

The health chief said his brother almost died of dengue sometime in 1984 when dengue was not yet a household name.

To end our phone conversation, Duque said anti-dengue campaign should be intensified because dengue is something to be alarmed of.

Round the Clock Monitoring

My kids are closely being monitored for dengue fever by doctors and nurses in scrubs at the Fairview General Hospital. From time to time the nurses would check on my kids’ blood pressure to monitor if there is a sudden decrease in BP which is not a good sign for patients with dengue fever. Sometimes nurses in white lab coat would get blood sample from my children to check their platelet count. The pediatrician said a decrease in platelet count is expected once the fever has subsided a few days later.

Despite what my children are going through right now, they can still manage to smile and sometimes nurses in uniform and scrubs entertain the kids or exchange small talks with them just to veer their mind away from their sickness even for a short while.