Philippine Blood Bank
Blood is very important in maintaining our physical existence in the physical world we live in for it is the life-force of our physical body manufactured by our physical bodies itself through the food and beverages we daily eat and drink, respectively. Thus, on hospitals, blood is needed to sustain the lives of the patients in critical need of blood. Thus also, blood donations and blood banks were created.
But not everybody could donate their blood or are force to donate their blood on blood banks, for not all people are capable of donating their blood. That is because some have health problems like being anemic or have AIDS. Thus, only very healthy people are required or allowable to donate a blood on blood banks.
Therefore, if this is so, why does the blood bank in the Philippines was recently reported to be plague with blood that has Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection? According to the reports, 32 out of the 118 donated blood packs were contaminated with Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) virus as confirmed by Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) who conducted the test. Moreover, the plague started since January as the report said and every month this year, they found a number of blood units that are infected with Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) virus.
The highest number of infected blood units, according to the report, was last month –July 2011, having 102 units of blood packs were contaminated with HIV virus.
Therefore, why does this happening if a blood donor is tested first if one is healthy or not before one could donate one’s blood? How come the Department of Health fails to assess properly the blood donors of their health before getting blood from them? Is not it, only healthy blood donors are allowed to donate blood.
Perhaps, the negligence was brought by the recent high demands of blood transfer to those infected with dengue disease in the Philippines, thus those who attend to get blood from blood donors don’t mind meticulously assessed the health situation of the blood donors? Or the screening for donating blood in the Philippines is less advanced or erroneously low quality handling or poor and less educated administration of screening properly the blood donors?
It is indeed impossible that those who handle the blood donating procedure do not even able to detect that a blood donor’s blood is infected with Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) virus unless the blood screening procedure being taught to them is wrong or erroneous.