Each year, World Blood Donor Day is observed on June 14 by the World Health Organization. This year’s theme will be marked by events to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations and to thank voluntary and unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood.
The novel coronavirus has caused a series of critical navigation of skills and adaptation to our essential blood services worldwide. As a nation, it is crucial to maintain adequate blood supplies even as we assiduously work to reduce the spread of the virus. This means ensuring that voluntary blood donors can continue to safely donate blood, platelets and plasma. Blood is an important resource, both for planned treatments and urgent interventions. As the largest Region, we continue to explore unique and efficient ways to ensure that blood donations are current and are safe for both the donor and the recipient.
Our nation’s Blood Transfusion Service plays a major part in how SERHA and other Regions saves lives whilst providing the best quality care. A blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity is a key component of an effective health system. Ensuring safe and sufficient blood supplies requires the development of a nationally coordinated blood transfusion service based on voluntary non-remunerated blood donations. However, in many countries, blood services face the challenge of making sufficient blood available, while also ensuring its quality and safety.
Let us do our part as Jamaicans to keep ourselves active and healthy, and play our part in shoring up the country’s blood supplies. With this in mind, we are forever grateful to all our health heroes who continue to put their lives on the frontline especially during this time. You can become a voluntary blood donor TODAY and save lives tomorrow. Be a true hero!