Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 17th 2014 Contents KEVON FELMINE
As T&T joins the World Health Organ-
isation in celebrating World Blood Donor
Day, chairman of the San Fernando General
Hospital Dr Lackram Bodoe lamented that
citizens still believed donating blood was
dangerous, and put the onus on healthy
citizens between the ages 18 and 60 to save
the lives of their compatriots.
Speaking at an appreciation programme
for regular donors last Friday, Bodoe said,
"There is always going to be a shortage of
blood. Part of the reason for his is that it is
difficult to predict when you need blood for
"However, I must say that over the last
year or two, that our situation has improved.
Last year we had over 2,500 people giving
blood and so far, after half of the year, we ve
crossed about 1,300 donors. We have a system
in place at the hospital where on a daily
basis, we can determine the types of blood
that are available. Our records indicate that
over the last 12 to 18 months, we ve had a
surplus in terms of requirements."
Although many of the donors were hospital
staff, Bodoe said the population must under-
stand the importance of donating blood, and
while hospital employees were leading by
example, other citizens should understand
that giving blood can save a life.
"At the end of the day, it is the civil respon-
sibility of every single, fit member of the
population to give blood."
He estimated there was a potential donor
population of 300,000 fit and healthy peo-
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Health benefits in giving blood
Nurse Asha Bissoon, rights, assists patient care coordinator at the San Fernando General Hospital Ena Ramoutar Sookdeo just before donating
blood in celebration of World Blood Donor Day at the San Fernando General Hospital on Friday. PHOTO:TONY HOWELL
vertised so the general public will know that is ok
to come and give blood.
"A lot of people have myths about giving blood,
but once they come into us, we educate them and
we tell them the importance of giving blood. It is
just a matter of them coming in and we will take it
from there," Peters-Marsh said.
Currently the blood bank receives an estimated
average of 125 pints per week, while the laboratory
distributes a minimum of 150 pints per week. Pe-
ters-Marsh said most donors were those coming to
give for their family and friends, but there were
some who donated voluntarily.
Stressing its important, special lecturer in ob-
stetrics and gynaecology Dr Davendra Singh said
giving blood every four months could eventually
save a family member's life when they needed
"It's a very simple thing. All of you all will have
someone who might be pregnant at some point in
time. If it means giving blood every four months,
every six months, whether it is your partner, your
wife, your girlfriend or your daughter---whoever it
is, if you give blood on a regular basis, the life you
will save is that of your loved one, at the end of the
Overcoming the myths
Assistant head nurse at the San Fernando blood
bank Nicola Peters-Marsh said donating blood actually
rejuvenated the body by forming new blood cells.
Peters-Marsh said many people were afraid of nee-
dles or the hospital setting, but said there was nothing
to fear, and the process was quite simple.
Men can give blood every three months, while
women can contribute quarterly.
"We will never have enough blood, but in a necessary
case, we will call out donors or ask the other blood
banks. This whole process of blood giving has to be ad-
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