BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 6 (PIA) – An official of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Baguio chapter reiterated that Red Cross is not in the business of selling blood.
“We do not sell blood,” PRC Baguio chapter administrator Annie Tamayo said. She said payment collected from persons availing themselves of blood from the Red Cross is for the processing and screening tests and the paraphernalia used in extracting blood.
Blood is free for it comes from volunteer donors but the blood has to be screened for illnesses before it can be given out to patients . Tamayo said they use several re-agents to detect diseases that might be in the blood and these reagents are not cheap.
The Red Cross collects standard screening cost of P1,500 for one unit of whole blood, P1,100 for packed red blood cell, and P700 each for platelet concentrate, fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate.
Meanwhile, cancer and blood diseases specialist Dr. Jasmin Reyes-Igama explained the health benefit of blood donation that include shedding extra calories and reducing blood cholesterol level.
After donating blood, the number of blood cells in our body decreases, this stimulates the bone marrow to produce new, fresh red blood cells in order to replenish the loss, Igama said.
Blood donation is the voluntary act of allowing one’s blood to be drawn out of the body which has many advantage and is an act of charity. The donated blood is stored in blood banks to be used for transfusion.
(JDP/JBZ- PIA CAR)