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Blood Bank eyes young donors

Published:Saturday | April 1, 2023 | 12:19 PM
The National Blood Transfusion Service, commonly known as the Blood Bank, on Slipe Pen Road in Kingston - File photo.

In a bid to expand the island's voluntary blood donor programme, the National Blood Transfusion Service, an entity of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, has embarked on a blood drive programme for schools.

The programme focuses on students 17 years and older across secondary and tertiary institutions.

It runs from March 22 to April 20.

The special emphasis to increase voluntary blood donations comes as the island seeks to safeguard the availability of blood and blood products to the population.

The National Blood Transfusion Service aims to supply at least 75% of all blood requested on the island.

As part of its response to give patients access to safe blood and blood products, the Blood Bank in 2022 opened to the public its newest blood collection centre at the Spanish Town Hospital.

This brings to 11 the total number of blood collection centres in operation islandwide.

To give blood, persons must be ages 17 to 60 years and in good health, with a body weight of more than 110 pounds.

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