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Japan Donates Blood Donor Bus

The Fiji National Blood Services will have their services enhanced through the recent provision of funds for the purchase of a new blood donor bus by the government of Japan.
11 Mar 2017 11:00
Japan Donates Blood Donor Bus
Ambassador of Japan Takuji Hanatani (fourth from left) with national manager for Blood Services Josefa Bolaqace (sixth from left) during the formalisation of the assistance. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

The Fiji National Blood Services will have their services enhanced through the recent provision of funds for the purchase of a new blood donor bus by the government of Japan.

In an official event held at the Japanese Embassy in Suva recently, the government of Japan and Fiji National Blood Services (FNBS) formalised its partnership through agreement signing that has enabled Fiji to secure a new blood donation bus.

This has been made possible through the government of Japan’s assistance of $195,023 which will assist the FNBS  to purchase the new blood donor bus for the northern division.

To date, the FNBS in the northern division has not owned a blood donor bus.

As a result, FNBS had been hiring a vehicle which also incurred financial costs. And it was a challenge for FNBS to meet the demand from blood banks at the hospitals and clinics in the northern division.

This project aims to increase the blood donations from the voluntary blood donors in the northern division.

Ambassador of Japan, Takuji Hanatani said Japan was pleased to contribute towards the health sector development in Fiji.

National manager for Ambulance and Blood Services Josefa Bolaqace said the assistance was a great boost to improving the blood donation services in Fiji.

“The contract signing with the Government of Japan is to help the Health Ministry to procure a blood donation bus for the northern division,” he said.

“We had made this request last year and we are grateful that our request has been fulfilled through the Embassy of Japan.

“We are truly grateful to the government of Japan for supporting this blood drive initiative.

“In the previous years, they had provided similar assistance through funding provided for procurement of two buses for the blood drive one for the central and eastern division and second one for western and now the new one for northern division.”

Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

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