Sen. An­gara re­jected as ‘blood donor' due to Palawan trip

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Sen­a­tor Sonny An­gara was re­jected by the Philip­pine Red Cross (PRC) as “blood donor” af­ter tak­ing a trip to Palawan re­cently. In his @son­nyan­gara ac­count on In­sta­gram, he posted a photo of him smil­ing at a PRC fa­cil­ity in Manila af­ter he and wife Tootsy went there

in re­sponse to a friend’s birth­day gift re­quest for them to be­come blood donors. An­gara made the post two days ago, where he said he tried but got re­jected. “Tried to do­nate blood to­day (Septem­ber 15) but both (in­clud­ing wife) got re­jected be­cause of our re­cent trip to Palawan (sad emoji in­serted) but what a great idea on the part of a friend to do this for his birth­day (thumbs up emoji in­serted),” the sen­a­tor said. He did not say when he and wife Tootsy trav­eled to Palawan. Vic de Leon, Palawan PRC chap­ter ad­min­is­tra­tor, ex­plained the sen­a­tor “de­fer­ral” was “pos­si­bly” due to a 2010 re­vised Depart­ment of Health (DOH) Blood Dona­tion Man­ual that pre­cludes “trav­el­ers from malaria-en­demic ar­eas are from do­nat­ing due to ex­po­sure for at least six months.” De Leon said this is be­cause the par­a­site that causes malaria can lay dor­mant in an in­di­vid­u­als sys­tem for a long time. “Di na­man re­jected kundi de­ferred ang term na gi­nagamit doon. Kasi ang pre­sump­tion ay ka­pag gal­ing ka sa isang malaria-en­demic area ay ex­posed ka sa dis­ease. Hindi kailan­gan na may sakit kung hindi kasi malaria-en­demic nga ang Palawan. DOH guide­line ito na si­nusunod ta­laga sa mga PRC fa­cil­i­ties sa kahit saan,” he pointed out. De Leon also said in­di­vid­u­als who have been treated of malaria “can only do­nate blood af­ter three years, as long as an anti­gen test can prove they are cured and have not had re­cur­rences.” Anti­gen de­tec­tion, he said, is a rapid form of di­ag­nos­tic of the malaria par­a­site in the sys­tem of a pa­tient. “Ka­pag sa ibang lu­gar gal­ing ang mga donors, la­hat yan sabay-sabay i-test. Pero ka­pag gal­ing ng Palawan ta­la­gang may spe­cial treat­ment sa test­ing na hi­walay ta­laga,” De Leon said.

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