Army leads blood drive for dengue pa­tients

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

THE Philip­pine Army in Ne­gros Occidental has heeded the ur­gent call for as­sis­tance made by Gover­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son af­ter they ini­ti­ated a blood do­na­tion drive for dengue pa­tients.

The army’s 303rd In­fantry Brigade (303IB) led the event in part­ner­ship with the provin­cial gov­ern­ment of Ne­gros Occidental at the Panaad Park and Sta­dium last week.

303IB com­man­der, Bri­gadier Gen­eral Bene­dict Arevalo, said the event was a sim­ple and mean­ing­ful way of ex­tend­ing help to the peo­ple of Ne­gros.

Arevalo said the event was also in line with the or­ders given by Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Ma­cairog Alberto, Com­mand­ing Gen­eral of Philip­pine Army, and 3rd In­fantry Di­vi­sion com­man­der Ma­jor Gen­eral Di­noh Dolina to sup­port sim­i­lar calls made by the De­part­ment of Health.

The event aims to pro­vide ad­di­tional bloody sup­ply for dengue pa­tients in the province.

Aside from the event at the Panaad Park, the said blood drive was also si­mul­ta­ne­ously con­ducted by other units be­long­ing to the 303IB, such as the 62nd In­fantry Bat­tal­ion which also held the same ac­tiv­ity in La Car­lota City and in the town of Is­abela.

A to­tal of 220 vol­un­teers par­tic­i­pated in the said ac­tiv­ity and they were able to gather at least 145 bags of blood.

Based on data gathered by the provin­cial gov­ern­ment from Jan­uary to July, there were a to­tal of 1,884 dengue pa­tients ad­mit­ted at the province’s 11 hos­pi­tals across Ne­gros Occidental.*

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