The President of the Republic, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, highlighted the critical need for voluntary blood donation as she, herself, donated blood today at the Mega Blood Donation, organised by the Blood Donors Association in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life at the Esplanade of Emmanuel Anquetil Building in Port Louis.
“Donating blood is an act of ‘Mauritianism’ and I appeal to all Mauritians to generously donate blood and save a life,” affirmed the President.
Thanking the blood donors present for their acts of generosity and patriotism, the President stated that by donating blood, each Mauritian can make a lifesaving contribution for those undergoing surgery or the victims of road accidents. “When you give blood, you share life,” stressed Dr Gurib-Fakim.
For his part, the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Mr Anil Gayan, recalled that blood donation is not only a life-saving action, but is also good for health. Mr Gayan underlined the objective of the Mega Blood Donation, which is to ensure that an adequate stock of blood is available during the festive period of December and January. “The goal of today’s event is to collect 2,000 pints of blood,” added the Minister.
It is noted that, some 850 pints of blood had been collected by midday.
The Mega Blood Donation, held every year in December since 2002, aims at palliating any shortage of blood and ensuring that an adequate stock is available during the months of December and January when few people donate blood. More than 1,800 pints were collected last year.
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