Jamaicans urged to give more blood


July 07, 2016
File In this 2015 file photo, Miss Universe Jamaica 2014, Kaci Fennell is prepped for donation by a staff member of the blood transfusion service.

A donor honuor roll has been erected at the National Blood Transfusion Centre as a salute to persons who have donated more than 50 units of blood since the Blood Bank started operating in 1948.

"We can use those persons as testimonials," health minister Dr Christopher Tufton said in reference to the persons on the wall.

"It is a good deed, donating blood is a selfless act ad it is something that we encourage," he added.

Jamaica National was responsible for the creation of the honour wall. New contributors who meet the donation benchmark being added over time.

"The personal contribution of these donors to our nation is of tremendous importance," said Tanya Pringle, senior manager, corporate communications, for JNBS.

This year's World Blood Donor Day was the best on record in Jamaica, according to the National Blood Transfusion Service.

The Blood Bank registered 240 donors and collected 152 units at its 'Donorfest' blood drive and wellness fair on June 14.

Fewer than 100 units were collected at last year's event.

Meanwhile, Tufton said a target has had been set to increase blood donations by at least 25 per cent.

"A lot of the donation tend to be made by persons who have others persons who are in need of blood. What we are getting at this point is less than what is required," Tufton said.

He said that public education as well as partnership with other entities such as work places are key strategies that are being employed to boost blood contribution.

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