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Shopping trip ends with blood donation

Shopping trip ends with blood donation
Penisoni Rokocoko (Blue vest) with Phlebotomist Ashneel Kumar (Blue shirt) with two other blood donors in Labasa yesterday. Photo: WATI TALEBULA
May 13
10:59 2018

Penisoni Rokocoko was in Labasa Town to do his shopping when he saw a blood drive vehicle parked nearby. His shopping trip ended in him having to donate blood.

The man from Ba has only been in Laba­sa for a few weeks, but said every drop of blood donated would save someone.

“The last time I donated blood was 28 years ago and today I decided to do it again after a lapse of many years,” Mr Rokocoko said.

“I was just in town to do some shopping and when I saw their vehicle parked I de­cided to donate. I am thankful to be given an opportunity to donate blood and save someone’s life.”

Phlebotomist Ashneel Kumar encour­aged people to donate blood.

“If you donate one pint of blood you can save three people’s life. The stocks are real­ly low and Labasa is the only division that does it voluntarily, which means we don’t ask patients to replace the blood they have used,” Mr Kumar said.

“After we get blood then it is taken to the lab for testing and we will only use it on pa­tients when it is safe. We are free if people want to organise a blood drive. They can just call us on 8811444.”

They have been conducting the blood drive in Labasa for the past week.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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