MANILA, April 1, 2014—Aware of the needs of the poor, the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Chaplaincy, in coordination with the PGH Blood Bank, organized a bloodletting campaign on March 28 for the benefit of the hospital’s charity patients.
“We have a special arrangement with the PGH Blood Bank, which allows us to keep half of every 50 blood bags we raise from the drive,” Jesuit father Jordan J. Orbe, PGH chaplain, told CBCPNews in an interview.
Now on its third run, the blood drive, which is fittingly called “Dugo Mula sa Puso”, aims to help PGH charity patients in need of blood, but who cannot afford it.
“We can then freely give away the blood bags we get to keep. Our chosen beneficiaries are, of course, the charity patients of the PGH,” Orbe added.
The “Dugo Mula sa Puso” blood drive started in June 2013, coinciding with the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was founded on the belief that “the life you save may be your own”.
Its success was soon followed by a similar campaign in September of the same year.
This year, the chaplaincy was able to collect a total of 67 bags of blood.
Melvin Paulme, an incoming Jesuit novice from Imus, Cavite, has been among the regular donors to the “Dugo Mula sa Puso” blood drive since it debuted in 2013.
He said he always makes it a point to donate whenever there is an opportunity.
As in the previous drives, Obre noted that many of the donors are policemen, soldiers, students, PGH employees, and seminarians.
Orbe warned that individuals with a history of jaundice, diabetes, heart disease, tuberculosis (TB), epilepsy, malaria, and severe hypertension are exempted from donating blood. (Raymond A. Sebastián)