Raiwai

Blood drive to prepare blood bank for surgeries

The Fiji Commerce Commission (FCC) and the Ministry of Health are urging members of the public to join the blood drive and help save a life. A Fiji National Blood Service minibus is currently stationed at Garden City, Raiwai. Fiji Commerce Commission (FCC) Human Resouce Manager Sharon Prashika said her team is assisting the Health Ministry […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

August 5, 2016 12:50 pm

The Fiji Commerce Commission (FCC) and the Ministry of Health are urging members of the public to join the blood drive and help save a life.

A donor at the blood drive at Garden City in Raiwaqa. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka)
A donor at the blood drive at Garden City in Raiwai. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka)

A Fiji National Blood Service minibus is currently stationed at Garden City, Raiwai.

Fiji Commerce Commission (FCC) Human Resouce Manager Sharon Prashika said her team is assisting the Health Ministry to prepare the blood bank for the high demand needed for numerous surgeries that will be performed by a team of surgeons from the Sri Satya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital (SSSSH) in Raipur, India.

PRASHIKA: “There would be a group of surgeons from India who will be here next week to come and do open heart surgeries, whereby there will be so many kids who will be going for that heart surgery and I want to tell the nation to come down and help these children. Their parents are going under some rough times and they’ll be not be able to get blood at all times. So let’s come down and help these children and let’s save a life.”

Ms Prashika said this was a way the Fiji Commerce Commission could give back to the community.

PRASHIKA: “We do this every year, it’s part of our social cooperative responsibility and we think that we should give something like this to give back to the community. There is so many needy people around and you’ll never know when you can be in that situation when you’ll need blood. You need to have an open heart and do come around do come and donate, with a good heart cause you’ll never know when you’ll be at your reciving end.”

National Blood Bank co-ordinator Josefa Bolaqace said the blood bank level is at a satisfactory level.

BOLAQACE: “CWM Hospital is carrying out open-heart surgery next week so we are collecting all these to use when requested by the doctors. The blood drive demand is always there and is always good to see that there’s satisfactory level of blood at the blood bank at all times.”

Mr Bolaqace added the blood drive was a worthy cause and would ultimately help save lives.

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