University Hospital of the West Indies urges more Jamaicans to give blood

May 24, 2020

The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), says it is appealing to Jamaicans to donate blood.

According to UHWI, while the numbers of donors have decreased during the COVID-19 outbreak, the need for blood transfusions has increased.

In addition to patients with COVID-19, blood products are also needed to treat children with leukemia, pregnant women and victims of violence or vehicular accidents.

The UHWI says giving blood is a very safe process, and takes only 15 minutes.

From a single unit of blood, the products prepared can help to save the lives of three patients.

The UHWI says it is seeking to assure donors, that all the required protocols are observed, in order to protect their health, and safety, during the process of voluntary blood donation.

Donors of all blood types are needed.

The UHWI Blood Centre is open from Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm and special arrangements can be made for donors who are unable to come between these hours.

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