Poles encouraged to donate blood
PR dla Zagranicy
The public in Poland was being encouraged to give blood as the country’s health service marked World Blood Donor Day in an annual drive on Friday.
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Małgorzata Lorek, director of the government-run National Blood Centre, said that blood was needed to save lives, including those of premature babies, accident victims and people undergoing surgery.
Poland’s health ministry has launched an annual campaign to promote blood donation and “show that blood connects people, creating an inseparable bond,” deputy minister Sławomir Gadomski said, as quoted by public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency.
There are more than 600,000 volunteer blood donors in Poland, according to statistics cited by the news agency; last year, people donated blood a total of 1.2 million times and over 1.5 million transfusions were performed nationwide.
Any healthy adult can become a blood donor, doctors have said.
Women can donate blood up to four times a year, and men can donate no more than six times a year.
June 14 marked World Blood Donor Day, a global event held by the World Health Organisation every year to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation.
The main message of the campaign is that giving blood saves lives.