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As a result of lockdowns, the number of communities and civic organizations which regularly conduct bloodletting activities decreased but the need to sustain the Bloodbank’s stock remained the same.  This year, the total  blood collection in the hospital  decreased by 5.87%, thus, the National Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP) continuously intensifies its Mobile Blood Donation drives to ensure enough blood supply in the facility specially during the pandemic. 

Dr. Maria Lourdes Otayza, Medical Center Chief of MMMHMC, stated that - blood transfusion is important to manage pregnancy-related complications, severe childhood anemia and for supportive care in cardiovascular surgery and therapy for hematological malignancies, among others. Hence, the hospital works hard to improve access to quality and safe blood, ensuring its availability within the province and beyond. 

Otayza invited everyone to find ways during the pandemic to build long standing relationships with the hospital by voluntarily sharing their non-remunerated blood donation that will contribute to the improvement of health of the Ilokanos.

- CLENNTROY VICKA GUZMAN