Last November 11 a successful platelet transfusion was done to an employee at Mactan Economic Processing Zone (MEPZ) through the efforts of three Capitol PSWDO employees.
Ms. Mary Ann Imperial, 22 years old, underwent a platelet apheresis after PSWDO employees personally contributed Php 15,000 to pay for the procedure. Apheresis is a medical procedure that involves removing a whole blood from a donor or patient and separating the blood into individual components so that one particular component can be removed.
Staff of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), Ms. Care Papilota, Ms. Cherry Dumangon and Ms. Dayien Callano took the initiative to produce the needed money to cover the procedure instead of waiting confirmation from the hospitals if they accept guarantee letters. The patient’s platelet count has dropped to 5 at that time.
The family of Mary Ann asked help from relatives and friends but they were not able to come up with enough resources. May Ann is the breadwinner of the family. A concerned citizen referred the patient’s brother, Mark Lou Mirambel to the Provincial Health Office who in turn referred him to PSWDO.
The patient is one of the beneficiaries of PSWDO’s Assistance to Individual in Crisis Situation (AICS) Program. AICS is a protective service for the poor, marginalized and vulnerable individuals. Clients are given financial assistance for medical, hospitalization, burial, transportation, education and other immediate needs. Financial assistance is given in a form of cheque addressed to service providers – hospital, funeral parlor, state college or university.
Mary Ann is now fully recovered but advised to rest for a couple of weeks before going back to her work. Rio Emgrid Abarquez