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World Blood Donor Day conference on today

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Joeith Johnson (right), technical assistant/phlebotomist, preparing to take blood from first-time donor Shana-Lee Bailey at the launch of a mobile blood collection drive.

A medical conference seeking to broaden awareness on the importance of voluntary blood donation is the main highlight today as the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) joins the rest of the world in marking World Blood Donor Day.

The medical conference, themed 'Blood Transfusion: More Than Meets the Eye', is being held at Knutsford Court Hotel and will see attempts being made to increase knowledge of some of the infectious disease conditions for which the NBTS does screening tests, after blood donations are made.

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson will speak at the conference which will have two parts - an opening and award ceremony to be followed by presentations from specialists in the field.

The conference is free to medical students and medical technologists (interns), but doctors will pay $2,500 and nurses and medical technologists will pay $1,500.

The NBTS will make presentations to corporate sponsors, including Red Stripe, Pentecostal Tabernacle, Campion College, and Lucozade.

A presentation will also be made to Norma Jones - of the former Manchester Blood Bank Committee - which spearheaded the plan for the establishment of the Blood Collection Centre in Manchester.

The conference is one of two events held in observance of the day. The first was a Donorfest Blood Drive at the National Chest Hospital yesterday.