Mandeville focus for World Blood Donor Day
On Wednesday, June 14, the annual World Blood Donor Day will be marked by events around the world to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood components, and to thank all voluntary donors for their saving gift of blood.
This year's campaign focuses on blood donation in emergencies such as natural disasters, including earthquakes, floods, storms and man-made disasters. The latter is inclusive of accidents and armed conflicts, which also generate substantial health-care demands and the need for front-line treatment. Preparation for these emergencies is in conjunction with the disaster management plan for the country, especially with the upcoming hurricane season.
With the natural response in emergency situations being 'What can I do? How can I help?' the slogan for the 2017 campaign is 'What can you do? Give Blood, Give Now, Give Often'.
This year, due to the increased support from voluntary donors in Mandeville, Manchester, the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) will be centering its blood drive at the Golf View Hotel in the parish.
"Our target will be 150 units of blood. We are inviting all Jamaicans to join us and donate blood at all blood collection centres islandwide to support this valiant effort in meeting our country's need for blood," the NBTS said in a release.