25 BOV employees, of which 11 were first time donors, volunteered to donate blood during another BOV Blood Donation Drive organised by Bank of Valletta in collaboration with the National Blood Transfusion Services.
Every year, a good number of patients are thankful for the kind and generous act from blood donors. Donated blood is integral to the support of treatment of young children, women who need blood after giving birth and patients who undergo major operations. Blood feeds the body and organs with oxygen and nutrients that are essential for survival. A bag of donated blood is processed into three products: Red Cell Concentrate; Plasma; Platelets, and can thus help save three lives.
Mr Tony Micallef, Practice Nurse – Donor Liaison for the National Blood Transfusion Service thanked the BOV management and these 25 employees for their generous response to donating blood on a regular basis. “While the warm weather and COVID-19 continues to challenge society in various ways, the demand for blood in summer tends to be higher when compared to the other seasons. This is because the number of accidents tend increase, and the number of patients suffering from chronic illnesses, mostly cancer, who need constant blood transfusions does not drop” said Mr Micallef.
Jes Sciberras, organiser of the BOV Blood Donation Drive explained how blood donation should not be forgotten during these COVID times. “Every year, the Bank organises several Blood Drives to help out in blood collection, creating awareness and encouraging both our staff and the general public to help save as many lives as possible” stated Mr Sciberras. “Some of the donors claimed that this initiative has become a regular gesture within their whole family, and this inspires us to continue with our efforts towards blood donation. I sincerely thank the Blood Transfusion Unit for their assistance and professionalism each time we organise a blood drive and my BOV colleagues for their generosity each time we call for their support."
By donating blood, one’s health is not affected and prior to each blood donation, a medical check-up is carried out to determine whether a person is fit enough and eligible to donate blood. Eligible male donors aged from 18 to 65 may donate blood at least once every three months, while females may donate every four months (every 3 months following menopause).
It’s never too late to become a blood donor. Simply visit the National Blood Transfusion Service in G’Mangia opening 7days a week between 8am and 6pm. For further information kindly visit www.blood.gov.mt, check out www.facebook.com/bloodmalta or call on 8007 4313 or 7930 7307. You can also follow Bank of Valletta’s example and organise a Blood Donation Drive at your place of work.
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