With a purpose to help save lives, Western Mindanao State University, headed by President Dr. Milabel Enriquez Ho, in partnership with District 1 City Councilor Rudy Lim held a bloodletting activity at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall last Sept. 9, 2016.
The charity event was conducted in coordination with Zamboanga City Blood Council, Federacion del Barangay Kagawads de Zamboanga (FEBARKAZA), Philippine Air Force Wing Reserved Command, Philippine National Red Cross Zamboanga City Chapter, Radio Agong and E-Media. This half-day event was participated by students, faculty and staff from WMSU, faculty members from different primary and secondary schools in the city, members of the Philippine Air Force, and public servants from different local offices.
Councilor Rudy Lim lauded the benevolent donors, “You are considered as heroes for serving as an instrument in saving others’ lives,” he said. “It’s good for our body to donate blood. It stimulates to produce blood cells,” said the councilor who regularly donates blood.
One student from WMSU-College of Liberal Arts, Sher-aini Sapii said that it was her first time to donate blood and she decided to join the cause to get away with her fear of donating. “I’m happy, too, that through this act I can help save lives in the future”, said the PolSci student.
Donating blood helps one in burning calories, having a good blood flow, reducing the risk of cancer, keeping your iron level stay balanced and preserves cardiovascular health. At the same time, you are given free wellness checkup which includes blood pressure, pulse, temperature and cholesterol screening.
While there are several physical benefits to donating blood, the most powerful health benefit is arguably in the psychological realm. Donating blood means that someone (or multiple people) somewhere will be getting the help they desperately need. The psychological health benefit you receive from knowing you’re helping others is just as helpful as the physical health benefit. (Liezel M. Parreño,PAO)