Prime Minister of Aruba urges citizens to become blood donors

ORANJESTAD - World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on June 14. 

The World Health Organization organized this event for the first time in 2005 to thank blood donors for their voluntary life-saving gifts and to raise awareness of the importance and need for safe blood.

The Prime Minister of Aruba, Mrs. Evelyn Wever-Croes paid a visit on June 14 to the Blood Bank at the Horacio Oduber Hospital.For 2022, the World Blood Donor Day slogan is “Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives”.

The Prime Minister of Aruba, Mrs. Evelyn Wever-Croes paid a visit on June 14 to the Blood Bank at the Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital and thanked the employees and the blood donors for their valuable contribution to such an important cause. The Blood Bank is a very professional entity with a very enthusiastic team.

The Prime Minister of Aruba, Mrs. Evelyn Wever-Croes paid a visit on June 14 to the Blood Bank at the Horacio Oduber Hospital.During her visit, the Prime Minister received a tour of the facility and was very impressed with not only the facility but with the professionalism and positivism of the team at the Blood Bank. The Prime Minister thanked every employee of the Blood Bank for their valuable work saving lives.

According to the Prime Minister, there is a considerable need for more blood donors. There is an urge for more people to donate blood. There are currently 1500 blood donors in Aruba, while more or less 2500 to 3000 individuals require blood transfusions in Aruba. There is a significant shortage of donated blood based on the demand versus availability. Illnesses, accidents, and surgeries cause this demand. 

The Prime Minister of Aruba, Mrs. Evelyn Wever-Croes paid a visit on June 14 to the Blood Bank at the Horacio Oduber Hospital.“That is why today I want to appeal to the Aruban community to find out if they can become blood donors. The goal is to double the number of blood donors. We have to thank the 1500 current blood donors. They save lives and donate blood twice a year. What if every citizen that can be a blood donor, does its part and be part of those saving lives. We may never know who is saved with the blood transfusion, but it can be a loved one", the Prime Minister mentioned.

The Prime Minister urges employers to encourage employees to donate blood and allow them to go and donate blood at the Blood Bank. We highly appreciate that some employers already contribute to this cause. 

“In these days of recovery, let's become volunteers and give more to our island and help Aruba move forward. You can become a blood donor once you reach the age of 18 years. To become a blood donor, please visit the Blood Bank Foundation and start the procedure to become a blood donor and be part of those who save lives", the Prime Minister stated.

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