In celebration of world blood donor day here several students of the University of Liberia have donated blood to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Monrovia. This year’s celebration was held under the theme, “Safe Blood for Safe Mothers.”
Speaking to reporters, the program director of the National Blood Safety program at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Madam Lwopu M. Bruce, said not every blood is accepted for fear of coming in contacted with an infected person, adding, That is why we are involved in testing individuals that are voluntarily donating blood, what we are looking for is we everyone that will be tested should be free of any kind of sickness.”
She said donors should be free from malarial, HIV, AIDS and even fever before coming up. Madam Bruce reminded that June 14 every year is celebrated as World Blood Day and it is important to give blood freely.
According to her, Liberia requires 35,000 units of blood annually and the country cannot depend on international donors to do. “When you give blood, it requires three months for you to build up your body; donors will not continue to give us blood every year without asking reward but when it is from voluntary donors, there is no way you will pay those individuals for donating blood to patients who are indeed of it”, she added.
The coordinator for the Paramount Young Women Initiative, Kristle Togba, said its members decided to come up and voluntary donate blood because lots of people died due to shortage of blood. She called on the Ministry of Health to set up a monitoring team to make sure blood being donated is not sold in clinics or hospitals.