MoH encourages more blood donations by asking

Press Release

For Immediate Release
(Tuesday June 18th , 2019)

 MoH encourages more blood donations by asking

World Blood Donor Day celebrated in a ceremony at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Friday June 14th, 2019. Fifty-seven (57) blood donors were honoured during the event for their voluntary, unpaid lifesaving commitment to helping others.

Calling the gift of blood, the gift of life, Minister of Health Dr. the Honourable Duane E. Sands, a blood donor himself, said The Bahamas. like other countries around the world, remains challenged by supply shortages, and the quality and safety of their national blood supply. Dr. Sands said that while much of the work involves attracting more persons to donate, he said old wives’ tales and stigma continues to keep persons away. The Health Minister added that he recently came across research that indicated that persons did not donate blood because they had never been asked.  This he said, must change, noting, “Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life and supports complex medical and surgical procedures.”  

Minister Sands also recognized the efforts of civil society and corporate Bahamas as partners in the effort to encourage blood donation.  “I would like to acknowledge the collaboration between our public and private sector expressed in the continuing efforts of the Friends of the Blood Bank Foundation.  I would also like to acknowledge Friends of the Blood Bank’s volunteer partnership to organize over fifty (50) blood drives with corporate Bahamas and other civic organizations throughout the year.  This is a significant achievement and what I hope will become a model for other collaborative health initiatives that will continue to make a difference for the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.”

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