Mobile Blood Donation in the Philippines

The Bicol Medical Center (BMC) here has strengthened its Mobile Blood Donation (MBD) program to make blood readily available to patients especially dengue victims who would be in dire need of transfusion.

Mar Chavez, the program coordinator of the National Voluntary Blood Services Program of BMC on Wednesday said they have organized several mobile medical units that go around this city and the province of Camarines Sur to solicit blood from eligible donors as part of the its commitment in enhancing the delivery of health services to Bicolanos.

BMC is the only state medical center in Bicol certified by the Department of Health (DOH) and unmatched in the region on the number of diplomates and fellows with different specializations it produced for the past fifteen years.

Sitting in a vast complex in Barangay Conception Pequeña here, BMC is a 500-bed government tertiary hospital under the direct supervision of DOH’s Center for Health Development (CHD) regional office based in Legazpi City that also serves as a training facility accredited by the Philippine Medical Association’s component society in almost all fields of medicine.

“Actually, we have been implementing the MBD on a regular basis in different parts of the province for us to be able to maintain blood stocks and make it readily available to patients not only of BMC but of other hospitals here and some parts of the province especially dengue and other emergency cases,” Chavez said.

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