Members and officers of the Christian Medical Dental and Paramedical Society (CMDPS) in the Ecclesiastical District of Capas, Tarlac, in the Philippines, volunteered their services for their district’s blood donation drive on December 4, 2021. The humanitarian activity was held in collaboration with the Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital (JBLMGH).
“This is God’s command that we be of help to our fellowmen, one such way is through donating blood. That inspires me to unite with this kind of activity,” said Julius Pineda, organist from the Local Congregation of Lawy, whose house of worship compound served as the venue of their district’s recent blood donation drive.
“Everyday a lot of patients need blood. As it is a fact that we cannot manufacture blood, the only way we could get blood is from our volunteer blood donors,” said Dr. Rae Celine Samonte of the JBLMGH. Encouraging others to also become blood donors, she said that donating blood “can improve mental wellbeing, and lower stress levels, as well as risks of having heart and liver disease.”
“An assessment of the potential donor is done before the actual donation, but in this time of pandemic, many blood donors fear to go to the hospitals or the like of this gathering we have now, even if it’s for a cause. That is why we thank the Iglesia Ni Cristo [members] for, through them, we’re still able to gather many people like this, but of course, with safety protocols in place,” she added on behalf of the JBLMGH. — With reports from INC News Section