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13,000 Donors Top Up Supply

13,000 Donors Top Up Supply
June 14
13:45 2015

More than 13,000 people voluntarily gave blood to assist the Fiji National Blood Service last year.

This was revealed by the organisation’s national co-ordinator Joseva Bolaqace during the World Blood Donor Day celebration.

Acting Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr Meciusela Tuicakau was chief guest at the celebration held at the Nadogo Secondary School ground in Labasa yesterday.

“Last year we recruited more than 13,000 blood donors, Basically, this allowed us to reach the 80 per cent target,” said Mr Bolaqace.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) is looking forward to all other countries to achieve 100 per cent in 2020. Fiji has already hit 80 per cent in 2014.”

He said this year they are looking forward to achieving 85 per cent.

“Fiji is looking forward to achieve 100 per cent by 2018. However, so far 62 countries have achieved 100 per cent,” Mr Bolaqace said.

Dr Tuicakau said the ministry strongly believed that community involvement and ownership were critical in combating health issues in our beloved nation.

“We cannot do it alone and looking at the trends your active involvement as an individual, family, community and organisations to become champions of health will certainly boost health service delivery,” he said

“In Fiji there are blood transfusions every day at all major hospitals like the Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Lautoka and Labasa.”




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