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    • The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) will launch its 2015 blood drive on Saturday (January 10), at the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) building in Half-Way-Tree, where it will also commission into service, its new mobile blood collection unit.
    • The blood drive, which is aimed at collecting at least 30, 000 units of blood for the year, is being held under the theme: ‘One Love, One Blood to Save Lives.’
    • The mobile unit will ensure ease and convenience to donors and we encourage groups to contact us for information on transfusion and conducting blood drives

    The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) will launch its 2015 blood drive on Saturday (January 10), at the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) building in Half-Way-Tree, where it will also commission into service, its new mobile blood collection unit.

    The blood drive, which is aimed at collecting at least 30, 000 units of blood for the year, is being held under the theme: ‘One Love, One Blood to Save Lives.’

    In an interview with JIS News, NBTS Blood Donor Organiser, Igol Allen said service is aiming to increase voluntary donations from 17 per cent to at least 23 per cent.

    “We are encouraging persons to come out and be a part of the campaign as giving blood is about people helping people and donors give blood knowing that they are saving lives,” he said.

    Mr. Allen added that the NBTS is also encouraging corporate entities, social groups and communities to support the campaign as the service seeks to ensure that there is sufficient blood to meet the transfusion needs of patients in Jamaica.

    “The mobile unit will ensure ease and convenience to donors and we encourage groups to contact us for information on transfusion and conducting blood drives,” he said. He noted that the campaign will also provide an opportunity to educate persons on the importance of pursuing healthy lifestyle practices in order to become eligible donors.

    The Mobile Blood Collection Unit which was donated by the United Kingdom (UK)-based Angel Foundation and several other partners, was handed over to the NBTS on Friday January 2.

    For information on how to support the National Blood Transfusion Service 2015 Blood Drive contact the NBTS at 922-5181-5.

     

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