Medical Technologist at Victoria Hospital Karen Louis told St Lucia News Online (SNO) today, August, 5 that the blood bank is trying to get as many citizens as possible to come forward and donate blood to ensure that it could supply all health institutions.
The blood drive, which started on Monday, August 4, has seen few citizens going forward to donate.
“We have not had a large turnout to be quite frank. We rely a lot on doctors to tell family members of persons that need blood, to come into the blood bank to donate, so hopefully throughout the rest of the week we are hoping to get voluntary donors to come and donate,” Louis added.
The mobile blood bank was at Glace Motors on Monday but did not manage to collect a single unit of blood.
“We are not looking for an actual number that we need to get at one given time. That depends on how many persons need blood. We have to bear in mind that the average person uses at least two to three units of blood at any given time and that depends on the complications that they have as well.”
The official told SNO that there is an increasing demand for blood. “So that is why we try to plead with persons to come and voluntarily give blood because our voluntarily donation, we cannot meet that demand,” she explained. “Giving blood is safe, simple and save lives, not only that you give blood but you know that you will help to save a life and that is a motivation for anyone to give blood.”
The mobile blood bank was at the Saint Lucia Distillers today between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The blood drive will continue with a visit to Ramco Chowmein Factory on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Ramco Plastics from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
On Thursday, the blood bank will be at Budget Building in Bois D’Orange and on Friday at Bay Gardens Beach Resort from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.