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Good Turnout For The Sake Of Children

Good Turnout For The Sake Of Children
Ministry of Health and Medical Services phlebotomist Jolame Kaulotu assists Apaitia Durusolo during the blood drive at the Health Ministry’s Wellness Centre in Suva on April 17, 2018. Photos: Ashna Kumar
April 18
11:00 2018

More than 10 people turned up yesterday to help save a life by donating blood during the Ministry of Health and Medical Services blood drive.

The blood drive coincides with the work of the Sai Prema Foundation visiting medical team which is in the country performing heart sur­geries on children at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

The Ministry of Health’s Well­ness Centre public health adviser for Rheumatic heart disease pro­gramme, Dr Sainimere Boladuad­ua, said the blood drive was to boost their blood bank because surgeries for children were ongoing.

Within an hour of the drive, she said more than 10 people turned up to donate blood.

“We were overwhelmed to see the response from people to help save the children’s lives,” Dr Boladu­adua said.

She said the advocacy on the blood drive had reached out to many of their work colleagues who also donated blood for the children in­volved in the surgeries.

Donor, Maria Mow, 34, who donat­ed blood for the first time, said she was proud give some of her blood, especially for the children.

“It was a bit scary in the begin­ning because I had never given blood before, but it worked out for me because I kept thinking it is for the children,” Ms Mow said.

“The children are the future of the country and to help them was a proud moment for me,” she said.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa


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