Major top up for blood collection facilities

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Blood collection facilities in Antigua and Barbuda received a major ‘top up’ as the humanitarian arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was outstretched once again.

A short but important ceremony was held today at the church to hand over equipment worth US$17,137.

“We are grateful that we can serve the people of Antigua and Barbuda by providing these important pieces of equipment to serve the needs of the people. We pray that the Lord will continue to open doors for us to serve in the future,” Carlos Defreitas, Branch President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints said.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas, who spoke on behalf of the Ministry of Health, paid gratitude to the church for the generous donation and noted that it fits well into the ministry’s plans to improve blood donation in Antigua and Barbuda.

“We all know that blood is vital and from time to time we have our challenges at the MSJMC Blood bank with providing sufficient blood to the population. The Ministry sought to improve that by procuring a mobile blood donation unit that was commissioned just recently’.

President of the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross  and Project Manager of Club Lyfe Michael Joseph expressed delight with the move by LDS and called on other individuals/ organizations to become a part of the Club Lyfe family and work towards the future development of blood donation in Antigua and Barbuda.

“Part of Club Lyfe’s goal is to ensure that there is no corner in Antigua and Barbuda that is inaccessible for blood donation; if there is one person anywhere that wants to donate blood, we should be accessible to them and this is what these blood beds and blood monitors will do,” Joseph remarked.

He further reminded the nation that blood donation is a collective responsibility.

“Blood donation in Antigua and Barbuda, if we want it to be where it should be, it has to be a collective responsibility; the government has recognized that from discussions with the Chief Medical Officer and the Minister of Health. Civil society has also recognized that and we are seeing more and more faith based organizations like the LDS church as well as the private entities coming on board to ensure the success of this programme.”

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