CITY OF MALOLOS – Hundreds of Bulakenyos expressed their enthusiasm to donate blood and save the lives of the patients suffering from the vector-borne disease as the number of dengue cases in the province continues to increase.
With the common purpose of augmenting the supply of the Bulacan Provincial Blood Center, 381 volunteer donors from the Provincial Government of Bulacan, Department of Education, Philippine National Police, Bulacan Polytechnic College, Philippine Army and other civilians gathered at The Pavilion Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center, City of Malolos yesterday and registered to donate blood as their participation to the all out war against the deadly dengue outbreak.
Two hundred bags of blood were collected and will be deposited to the Bulacan Provincial Blood Center to help dengue patients who are in dire need of blood transfusion.
Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that the PGB continues to intensify the campaign against dengue by giving free consultation and medication and by providing dengue express lanes in all district hospitals in the province with complete blood supplies and other medical equipment to immediately assist the patients.
Alvarado also stressed the importance of blood donation which is essential in dengue control and even encouraged everyone to promote the 4’o clock habit against dengue and join the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue activity of their respective barangays.
Meanwhile, based on the record of the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU), as of October 5, there are 5,129 cases of dengue reported in the province since January with 12 fatalities.
The incidence of dengue has grown dramatically and has a cumulative increase of 251 percent compared to last year’s statistics which was 1,342.
The record also says that 147 barangays in the province were observed with clustering of dengue cases while 69 barangays were considered as hotspots.
Moreover, cities and municipalities with the highest number of dengue cases as reported are City of San Jose Del Monte with 737 cases, Santa Maria with 435 cases, San Rafael with 419, Bustos with 349 and City of Malolos with 326.