Under the theme “Save a life…make a Difference”, the Cayman Islands Hospital is launching a major appeal for blood donors.
According to Laboratory Services Manager, Joan Terry, there is urgent need for more local and consistent donors to increase the level of blood supplies available.
She noted that there has been a steady decline of donors coming forward over the last three years and this has worsened since Hurricane Ivan with many of the regular donors leaving the island. The steady reduction in the blood donor pool has significantly affected the level of available blood supplies.
In appealing for more local blood donors and highlighting the importance of just how one donation, given in 15 minutes can help to save lives, Ms. Terry said that “with a community as close-knit as ours, chances are that everyone will know someone that requires blood at least once in their lifetime, be it a family member, or loved one and it is important to have adequate supplies at all times to ensure that a life is saved.”
She highlighted the high cost of importing blood which increased by 247 per cent in 2004, and the possibility of being unable to get the required quantity of certain blood types when they are urgently needed, which can put lives at risk as a major reason for more donors to give this gift of life.
“For anyone who has ever considered becoming a blood donor, we are asking you to turn the thought into action and make your first donation today.” The time is now. Those who have given in the past are encouraged to schedule an appointment to once again give the gift of life during this time of critical need” she continued.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 60 and in general good health, you are invited to enrol as a blood donor. Please contact the Blood Bank at the Cayman Islands Hospital at 244-2674 or 244-2669.