World Blood Donor Day 2010
Every year, Trinidad and Tobago joins the rest of the world in observing World Blood Donor day, which is held on June 14th 2010. This year the Ministry of Health celebrated World Blood Donor Day with a Walk-a-Thon on Sunday, June 13th 2010 to promote the implementation of a 100% Voluntary Blood Donor System. The aim of World Blood Donor Day 2010 was to raise awareness on the need for safe blood products for transfusion and the national importance of having numerous voluntary unpaid blood donors to achieve a vibrant, healthy and effective national blood bank. The 2010 theme was “New blood for the world” and focuses on young donors.
Trinidad and Tobago blood donation
In Trinidad and Tobago, just over 20,000 units of blood are donated by the members of the public annually. However, the WHO recommends that we should collect one unit for every 20people every year. Given the size of our population, we actually need 65,000 units of blood per year. The need for blood is increasing in Trinidad and Tobago and young people can make an important contribution by donating blood and by recruiting other young people to become donors.
Who can donate blood?
The Ministry of Health is appealing to all persons who are eligible to donate blood to become a voluntary blood donor. Donated blood from just one (1) person could save up to three lives. A person is eligible to be a voluntary blood donor if:
_ He/she is in general good health
_ He/she is between the ages of 18 and 65
_ He/she weighs more than one hundred and ten (110) pounds
Where can you go to donate blood?
The National Blood Transfusion Unit (NBTU), Ministry of Health is the only authorized blood collection agency.
There are 6 fixed blood collection centres:
· McDonald Jorsling Building, 160 Charlotte Street, Port of Spain
· Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mount Hope
· Sangre Grande County Hospital
· Scarborough Regional Hospital
· San Fernando General Hospital
· Point Fortin Area Hospital
A mobile collection service is operated in conjunction with the Friends of the Blood
Bank Association (FBBA), a non-governmental organization.
Remember, your donated blood, could save up to three lives.
Friends of the Blood Bank
(160 Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain)
Some much welcomed tassa rhythms
provided encouragement along the way