On Friday, June 14, the Ministry of Health observed World Blood Donor Day and in Corozal Town, health officials and blood donors held an early morning walk before participating in special activities at the Corozal Community Hospital Laboratory Department. Following the morning walk, we spoke to two blood donors who shared why they believe giving blood is important.
Grace Akerman, Blood Donor
“I did it more to make it a community awareness, to get more people involve in donating, I think we don’t have a lot of people that volunteer just to give blood and we are always short people looking for blood or you looking for somebody in time of emergencies which is disappointing heard so many stories I had friends that needs O+ or O- not quite sure the rare one and its hard to find especially in Corozal there is limited people that can donate to those people which is sad just like getting your blodd tested or something its nothing harsh, I’ve been on both sides I have donated and I’ve received so its something worthwhile doing.”
Andrea Rogers, Blood Donor
“Giving blood is always been important to me and now that I am here in Corozal I continue to try and give anything that I am able to its too easy to help a few minutes in the chair and can help somebody that is desperately needing a surgery or babies you know because its too easy to do it and very quick.”
According to officials, there is always a high demand for O positive blood. Last year the hospital counted on over 500 donors, however, there was a greater demand for blood.