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  • NBTS is hailing a blood drive organised by the Operating Room Technicians at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) on Labour Day as a success.
  • In an interview with JIS News, Acting Director of the NBTS, Dr. Veronica Taylor reported that the drive yielded 50 units of blood.
  • The NBTS Acting Head indicated that 79 persons turned up at the KPH to donate blood from which the 50 units were collected.

The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) is hailing a blood drive organised by the Operating Room Technicians at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) on Labour Day as a success.

In an interview with JIS News, Acting Director of the NBTS, Dr. Veronica Taylor reported that the drive yielded 50 units of blood.

President of the Operating Room Technicians Association (ORTA) and Operation Room Technician at the KPH Maria Smith explained that, “As Operating Room Technicians, we witness first hand daily the need for blood during surgery whether it is routine or emergency. The lack of a sufficient blood supply can hamper surgery and cause death”.

The NBTS Acting Head indicated that 79 persons turned up at the KPH to donate blood from which the 50 units were collected. She emphasised that “the NBTS seeks to educate persons on the importance of pursuing healthy lifestyle practices in order to become eligible donors”.

Dr. Taylor added that approximately 30 per cent of blood donors are usually deferred largely because of iron deficiencies. “Persons need to become familiar with the eligibility requirements which include increasing intake of iron rich foods” she explained.

She said that persons should also assess their own health and nutrition needs.

Blood Donor Organiser at the NBTS Igol Allen added that the service looks forward to partnering with the KPH for a similar drive next year and invites other institutions to partner with the NBTS.

Mr. Allen is also encouraging individuals to make donating blood a way of life as the NBTS is currently behind in meeting its annual target of 60,000 units of blood.

He added that “donating blood is everybody’s business, as the old adage goes, the life you save may very well be your own”.

Donations can be made at any of the nine blood collection centres island-wide. A list of centres is available at the NBTS’ website at www.bloodbankjamaica.gov.jm .