LBTS hon­ours youth blood donors

Lesotho Times - - Scrutator - Lim­pho Sello

AS part of World Blood Donor Day com­mem­o­ra­tions, the Le­sotho Blood Trans­fu­sion Ser­vices (LBTS) held an event on Satur­day at Queen El­iz­a­beth II hos­pi­tal to thank youths who save lives ev­ery day through their blood do­na­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to LBTS Blood Donor Co­or­di­na­tor, Makatile Ram­moteng, safe blood do­na­tions play a vi­tal role in sav­ing lives ev­ery year, adding that it also im­proves life ex­pectancy and qual­ity of life for pa­tients suf­fer­ing from life-threat­en­ing con­di­tions.

He said the Satur­day event was meant to hon­our youths who do­nate blood, such as mem­bers of the blood donor as­so­ci­a­tion Pledge 25.

Pledge 25is a club for young vol­un­tary, non­re­mu­ner­ated blood donors which pro­motes blood do­na­tion and pos­i­tive risk free healthy lifestyles among the youth. It was launched in 2008 by LBTS and con­sists of young peo­ple aged be­tween 16 and 30years.

Mem­bers com­mit or make a “pledge” to do­nate blood regularly, or to do­nate blood 25 times in their life­time.

“Most of the blood do­na­tions we get come from young peo­ple in schools and Pledge 25 mem­bers who have al­ways sup­ported LBTS,” Mr Makatile said.

“Dur­ing the event, three youths — Mot­latsi Mokhobo, Lefu Mothobi and Mokete Ra­main­oane – were hon­oured with the Best Donor, Best Pledge25 Club Mem­ber and Good Lead- er­ship Skills awards re­spec­tively. In short these three were out­stand­ing in their blood do­na­tions.

“Pledge 25 has about 500 mem­bers, so we can­not award them all. That is why we se­lected the out­stand­ing per­form­ers.”

On his part, Pledge 25 Co­or­di­na­tor, Mot­seki Ra­mate­neng, said he and the other club mem­bers de­cided to do­nate blood af­ter re­al­is­ingthe com­mod­ity wasa “gift from God” that can only be­ex­tracted from peo­ple.

“We are the blood man­u­fac­tur­ers, so we do­nate it to give life to those peo­ple who need it to sur­vive,” Mr Ra­mate­neng said.

“Do­nat­ing blood is our way of giv­ing back to the needy with­out ex­pect­ing any­thing in re­turn.”

Ev­ery year, on 14June, coun­tries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to thank vol­un­tary un­paid blood donors for their life-sav­ing gifts of blood and to raise aware­ness of the need for reg­u­lar blood do­na­tions to en­sure qual­ity, safety and avail­abil­ity of blood and blood prod­ucts for pa­tients in need.

Le­sotho will join the rest of the world to mark this im­por­tant day at a na­tional com­mem­o­ra­tion at Queen El­iz­a­beth II hos­pi­tal on Sun­day.thetheme of this year’s com­mem­o­ra­tions is “Thank you for sav­ing my life”.

The cel­e­bra­tions will also serve to en­cour­age more peo­ple to do­nate blood vol­un­tar­ily and regularly with the slo­gan “Give freely, give of­ten. Blood do­na­tion mat­ters”.

The ob­jec­tives of this year’s World Blood

Donor Day cam­paign are to:

Thank blood donors for their life-sav­ing do­na­tions;

Pro­mote reg­u­lar vol­un­tary un­paid blood do­na­tion;

Cre­ate wider public aware­ness of the need for reg­u­lar do­na­tion be­cause of the short shelf-life of blood com­po­nents and to en­cour­age ex­ist­ing and po­ten­tial donors to do­nate blood at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals

Fo­cus at­ten­tion on donor health and the qual­ity of donor care as crit­i­cal fac­tors in build­ing donor com­mit­ment and a will­ing­ness to do­nate regularly; and

Per­suade min­istries of health to show their ap­pre­ci­a­tion of reg­u­lar vol­un­tary un­paid donors and pro­vide ad­e­quate re­sources to pro­vide qual­ity donor care.

FROM left: Mot­latsi Mokhobo, Lefu Mothobi and Mokete Ra­main­oane hold their Best Donor, Best Pledge25 Club Mem­ber and Good Lead­er­ship Skills awards re­spec­tively on Satur­day.

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