INC, PCMC hold Cavite blood donation for hospital’s young patients

Date Posted: May 7, 2024

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DASMARIÑAS, Cavite – The Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) recently collaborated with the Philippine Children’s Medical Center in a blood donation drive that would help the hospital’s young patients.

More than 150 liters of blood were donated during the May 1, 2024 event at the Barangay New Era Covered Court in Dasmariñas, Cavite. 

Hundreds of INC members trooped to the venue to donate blood in their desire to help others.  

“The blood donated will help the children in our hospital, … especially our cancer patients,” said Dr. Jayson Jimenez, a medical officer at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC). 

To preserve the freshness of the donated blood, it is stored in special coolers and transported from Cavite to the hospital in Quezon City within a few hours.

“We made sure that we store it in cold storage,” he said. “We have coolers in our van. We make sure that the temperature … is monitored throughout the transport to the hospital,” assured Jimenez.

For over 15 years, the Iglesia Ni Cristo has partnered with PCMC to ensure that there would be adequate blood supply for the hospital and its beneficiaries.

The Christian Medical Dental and Paramedical Society (CMDPS) of the INC worked together with the PCMC medical personnel to prepare the venue for the May 1 blood donation in Dasmariñas, Cavite which started at 8 a.m. The CMDPS is an association of INC health practitioners who volunteer their time and effort to help others.

Rodel Olega, a natural medicine doctor and CMDPS President in Cavite South, said they obtained more than the 300 bags of blood initially targeted for the event. Each bag contains 500 cubic centimeters or half a liter of blood.

Donors go through a stringent screening process before they can donate blood. They have to register and undergo medical evaluation. “They go to our screening committee,” he said. The doctors will then give them advice on whether they can donate blood.

Bensin Nato, 24, a financial advisor, was the first to go through and pass the screenings to donate blood. “This is my fifth time donating,” he said. “To prepare, I ate healthy and had enough rest. I want to help my fellowmen who need blood.”

Iglesia Ni Cristo members strive to uphold the biblical teaching to do good whenever possible.

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