As Sierra Leone joins the world to celebrate World Blood Donor Day today 14th June 2010 the National Blood Services superintendent Dr. Kadie Yillah has called on the young especially, irrespective of nationality to voluntarily donate blood and save a life they might not know. She was speaking to Awareness Times over the weekend when she insisted on the importance to motivate more young people to become blood donors.
"Young people can play an important role in saving lives of others by donating just a liter of their blood to the service of others and also by speaking to their counterparts to see the need of becoming a donor," the charismatic female medical practitioner disclosed.
Todayís event for Sierra Leone, according to her, is being jointly coordinated by the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT), and the International Federation of Blood Donor Organization (IFODS).
"This year, partners joined together in a global event to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and the importance of regular and voluntary blood donation on the theme, ĎNew Blood for the Worldí, aimed principally at young people that form about 30% of donors today," she further disclosed.
Dr. Yillah said the need is constant for regular blood donations for which a significant number of healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood is available at any given time at the blood bank as clinical demand rises to support medical and surgical procedures, adding that the demand has now heightened with His Excellencyís launch of the free health care for children and pregnant women.
"Voluntary Blood Donors (VBDs) as they are called, donate blood expecting no material reward for such lifesaving offers", she informed. She however acknowledged that patients receiving blood always get some sense of being cared for by other unknown persons.
She underscored the pivotal role played by donors at this time of that national blood programme is moving towards the goal of total voluntary donation. "It is important that their contribution be recognized and valued by the community and the country as a whole", she noted, while calling on more people to come and save a life today.