Jamaica joins the rest of the world in observing World Blood Donor Day (WBDD), Friday, June 14, under the theme:‘Give the gift of life: donate blood’.
Speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Director of the National Blood Transfusion Service, Dr. Angella Scott, said the aim of this year’s observance is to raise awareness of the need for safe blood.
“We hope that with our celebrations, we will encourage persons to become repeat voluntary blood donors. We also want to take the opportunity this year to say thanks to those persons in our society, who continuously donate blood wholeheartedly,” she said.
The slew of activities to mark the day commenced with a parade from the Tivoli Marching Band, from Cross Roads to Emancipation Park, in Kingston.
The official World Blood Donor Day ceremony is now underway at Emancipation Park, with the keynote speaker being the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO),Dr. Carissa F. Etienne. Health Minister, the Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson. is scheduled to bring remarks.
Two blood drives are now underway— one at Emancipation Park, and the other at Fontana Pharmacy. in Montego Bay.
Other activities include booth exhibitions and a live outside broadcast this afternoon on RJR 94 FM, aimed at encouraging persons to donate blood.
Persons who wish to donate blood can visit the main collection centre at 21 Slipe Pen Road in Kingston, or at hospitals across the island.
June 14 has been celebrated internationally as World Blood Donor Day since 2004.