Minister’s message on World Blood Donor Day

Today is the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day, a very important date in the healthcare calendar because the act of giving blood literally means giving the gift of life. 

In fact, just a single unit of blood can save up to three people’s lives. 

Spearheaded by the World Health Organisation, World Blood Donor Day brings together countries from all around the world to celebrate this life-giving gift.  

We in Cayman’s health service industry would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every Cayman resident who selflessly gives blood. Your act of thoughtfulness for others is truly appreciated.  

We would also like to encourage others to please give blood. Our supplies at the national Blood Bank in George Town Hospital are 25 per cent lower than optimum levels, so it is extremely important for as many people as possible to join our regular blood donors and do your bit for the good of others.  

Please attend the Blood Bank from 8am until 5pm to give blood. It is situated on the second floor of the George Town Hospital across from the Paediatric Ward, and healthcare professionals will be geared up to take your blood and thereby boost the dwindling supplies.  

As well as donating your blood on the spot, you can also sign up with the Blood Bank as a potential donor to be contacted if your blood type is needed. If you cannot donate today, make an appointment for another day. The need is constant. 

Let’s all do our best to increase blood supplies and ensure that Cayman is properly prepared for any patient who may require the gift of life. 

 

Osbourne Bodden,  

Minister of Health 

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