World Blood Donor Day this weekend

The Health Services Authority is urging residents to give blood to help save lives on World Blood Donor Day, observed worldwide on Saturday, June 14. 

The theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day is “Give blood for those who give life.” The World Health Organization is calling on countries to improve access to safe blood to help prevent maternal deaths. 

According to the WHO, the campaign serves to increase awareness about why timely access to safe blood and blood products is essential as part of a comprehensive approach to save the lives of mothers. 

“WHO encourages all countries and national and international partners working on blood transfusion and maternal health to develop an activity plan to highlight the need for timely access to safe blood and blood products in the prevention of maternal deaths,” a statement from the organization to mark World Blood Donor Day said. 

The WHO pointed out that, “Every day, almost 800 women die from causes related to complications of pregnancy and childbirth …. Urgent access to safe supplies of blood for transfusion is critical to saving these women’s lives.” 

One one unit of blood can save up to three lives. 

Blood can be donated on Saturday at the Cayman Islands Hospital Blood Bank, located on the second floor of the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

There will also be an information booth where people can register to be a donor in the hospital atrium. Refreshments will be served. 

Anyone interested in giving blood can go to the blood bank in person or can call 244-2674 or 244-2669 to make an appointment.