World blood do­na­tion day cel­e­brated

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The twelfth an­niver­sary of the World Blood Donor Day was ob­served at Bank of Bhutan, City Hall in the cap­i­tal. The event was or­ga­nized by the Min­istry of Health in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bank of Bhutan. The day aims to raise aware­ness on the im­por­tance of blood do­na­tion and rec­og­nize the con­tri­bu­tion of blood donors in sav­ing lives and im­prov­ing health. This year the Day has a fur­ther pur­pose: to cre­ate wider aware­ness through­out the world about the need for avail­abil­ity and ap­pro­pri­ate use of safe blood and for many more peo­ple to make a com­mit­ment to do­nate blood reg­u­larly.

“Thank you for sav­ing my life” is the theme of this year’s cam­paign which aims to high­light sto­ries of pa­tients whose lives have been saved through blood do­na­tion.

Bhutan joins the global com­mu­nity each year on this spe­cial day, with the Min­istry of Health in col­lab­o­ra­tion with World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion and Bank of Bhutan, spear­head­ing the ad­vo­cacy and aware­ness ac­tiv­i­ties with the goal to pro­mote and ob­tain all our blood sup­plies from 100% vol­un­tary un­paid donors by 2020 as set by WHO.

Her Royal High­ness Princess Ashi Ke­sang Wangmo Wangchuck graced the oc­ca­sion and do­nated blood. Health min­is­ter Ly­onpo Tandin Wangchuk , of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of Health and Bank of Bhutan also do­nated blood on the oc­ca­sion.

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