St Jude Hos­pi­tal Holds Blood Do­na­tion Drive in the South

The Star (St. Lucia) - - HEALTH -

St Jude Hos­pi­tal is em­bark­ing on a se­ries of blood do­na­tion drives in the south of the is­land dur­ing the month of Septem­ber. Hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials say the need for blood re­mains con­stant and such ac­tiv­i­ties are im­por­tant to help sus­tain an ad­e­quate sup­ply.

The hos­pi­tal’s mo­bile blood bank will visit the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions to ac­cept do­na­tions from the gen­eral public on the dates spec­i­fied be­low: • Satur­day Septem­ber 19 Su­per J park­ing lot, La­tour­ney, Vieux Fort • Tues­day Septem­ber 22 La­borie Com­mu­nity • Sun­day Septem­ber 27 Mon Re­pos Com­mu­nity

Ac­cord­ing to St Jude Hos­pi­tal Med­i­cal Tech­nol­o­gist, Sel­wyn Bran­don, any­one 17 years old and over can do­nate blood. Healthcare pro­fes­sion­als will be avail­able to pro­vide coun­sel­ing and en­sure that donors are healthy enough to give blood.

“Ev­ery blood donor goes through ‘screen­ing’ prior to do­na­tion to check blood pres­sure, haemoglobin, and tem­per­a­ture, along with test­ing for a range of in­fec­tious dis­eases” Mr. Bran­don ad­vised. He also high­lighted that there are a num­ber of health ben­e­fits to do­nat­ing blood.

“The sim­ple fact that you can con­trib­ute to sav­ing a per­son’s life would be rea­son enough to do­nate blood. More­over, new re­search pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Epi­demi­ol­ogy sug­gests that blood donors are 88 per­cent less likely to suf­fer from a heart at­tack and 33 per­cent less likely to suf­fer from car­dio­vas­cu­lar ill­ness.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr. Bran­don, re­peated blood do­na­tions may help to im­prove the flow of blood in the body in ad­di­tion to bal­anc­ing iron lev­els in the blood and can lead to a longer life.

Each blood donor will re­ceive a free malt at the end of their do­na­tion to help re­plen­ish their blood vol­ume.

St Jude Hos­pi­tal re­minds the public that the blood you give to­day could end up sav­ing your life to­mor­row! So please do­nate and help oth­ers now as you may need help one day.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion vis­itwww.stjude­hop­si­tal­slu.org.

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