Young persons urged to become blood donors

June 18, 2019

Young persons are being encouraged to become blood donors. Dr Christopher Tufton, the minister of health, said it is important for persons between 18 and 24 years to become regular voluntary blood donors as they offer a valuable resource for the expansion of the service in Jamaica.

Tufton said that in the Caribbean, 48 per cent of donors are between 24 and 44 years old while in Latin America, 43 per cent of all donors are between 18 and 24 years.

The minister said that with just under 15 per cent of blood donations in Jamaica in 2018 from voluntary donors, and 17.5 percent in 2017, the push for young people to become part of the process is even more crucial.

"The goal is to strengthen the voluntary, unpaid blood-donation system with a focus on youth," he said.

"Over the next year, youth are to be targeted for sensitisation on the value of blood donations even as recruitment efforts for donors begin," Tufton added.

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