A release from the Ministry of Health stated that at this time of the year, the demand is high and the blood bank is short of all types, but especially O Negative and O Positive.
“The goal of the NBTS is for all the blood supplied in Guyana to be collected from voluntary, healthy donors. The unit of blood you donate is screened and delivered through a network of Blood Banks countrywide and used as needed. Every day, pregnant women, children, youths, adults and the elderly need blood in both our public and private hospitals.”
Persons who are 17 years or older, in generally good health, free from any blood borne disease and weigh at least 110 pounds are being urged to make donations.
“The entire blood donation process takes 20 minutes. A person, who fits the criteria, can donate blood every two months. Blood donation allows the body to produce new red blood cells which carries oxygen around the body. Once these new cells are replicated, it allows the individual to feel more rejuvenated and healthier. Blood cannot be stored for long periods. One unit can be processed into three component parts each of which has the potential of saving a life when used to treat separate medical conditions.”
The NBTS will be open from 08:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs from Monday to Friday and on Saturdays from 9:00hrs- 15:00hrs.