The University of the West Indies is assisting the Ministry of Health in ensuring that there is enough blood donations in the country, given the stay-at-home measures in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chief Medial Officer Dr. Roshan Parasram said that the Ministry has teamed up with the UWI Blood Donation Foundation lead by Dr. Kenneth Charles.
“In terms of mitigating against the shortages, of course people are staying home, people are not visiting the facilities as regularly as before and that includes the donation centres. In anticipation of a reduction in the number of persons donating, we have teamed up with the UWI Blood Donation Foundation…they had a blood donation I believe on the 18th (April).”
Dr. Parasram said that they have also contacted a large list of voluntary donors by way of the National Blood Transfusion Service which has also helped.
“So we are actually reaching out to persons and are being a little more proactive…people are not coming so we are actually reaching out to the blood donors, letting them know that they can come in so that…people are not gathering at our centres.”
He said the Ministry expected that there would be a decline in donations, and by teaming up with the Blood Donation Foundation and completing additional blood drives, the numbers will increase.