The Ministry of Health now has the use of a mobile blood bank unit through the intervention of Friends of the Blood Bank Grenada Inc.
The unit, which was donated by the United Kingdom based Grenada Voluntary Hospital Committee, was presented to the ministry with a brief ceremony at the Botanical Gardens on Friday last.
Vice Chairman of Friends of the Blood Bank Grenada Inc.Mr. Nash Griffith, expressed on behalf of the organization how pleased they were to be associated with making the mobile unit available.
“As an organization, we are aware that blood transfusion is a life saving and critical service within the health care system and individuals who donate their blood make contributions to the health and survival of others”, he said.
He added that since the observance of World Blood Donor’s Day in 2010 and with the approval of the Ministry of Health, a group of seven dedicated blood donors came together and formed the organization called Friends of the Blood Bank Grenada Inc.
The organization he noted, seeing a dire need set as one of its objectives, working towards achieving a mobile transfusion unit to reach into communities and workplaces as well as attract other donors.
“We are indeed happy to have gotten the process of acquiring the mobile unit started along with the timely action of donors in the United Kingdom. We assure you that this blood bank unit came in a timely manner in keeping with this year’s theme “What can we do? Give blood, give now, give often”. He noted that the unit would benefit Grenada Carriacou and Petite Martinique and encourage citizens to become blood donors and by doing so help ensure a safe and reliable supply of blood to the health service of our country.
Minister of Health Nickolas Steele in receiving the keys from a representative of the Grenada Voluntary Hospital Committee, Ms Eunice Sandy-David, gave the assurance that the mobile unit would be used for the intended purpose of ensuring that it benefits the Grenada public.
He said that the very large and well-equipped vehicle would serve its purpose, which is to ensure that the blood bank that’s in need of as much support as it can get, gets that support.
The Minister thanked the Grenada Voluntary Hospital Committee and the donors from the UK Hospital Committee for their assistance in providing a donation of that “amazing tool” noting “to whom much is given much is expected”. He is confident that the team at the blood bank would make appropriate use of the unit and that the ministry would ensure that the unit is properly maintained.
Grenada joins three other countries in the region in the receipt of blood bank vehicle; Jamaica, St. Lucia, and Antigua and Barbuda.
World blood donor’s day was celebrated on June 14th