Sri Lankans are not only donated blood to valiant soldiers injured in military operations against terrorists for three decades, but also donated to save the lives of injured terrorists who fought against the country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. The President was speaking at the World Blood Donors’ Day 2013 celebration at Temple Trees on June 14.
Around 5,000 blood donors were presented special mementos for their donation of blood ‘which is accepted as a gift of life.’
The President also said that 97 percent of the country’s annual blood requirements are donated by the people of the country, contributing immensely to the government’s free health service.
He added that it was a matter to be proud that Sri Lanka was identified as the country with the best National Blood Transfusion Service among the developing countries.
The President said the country has been appreciated for the same reason and has been selected as the host country of the World Blood Donor Day 2014 organized by the World Health Organization.
President Rajapaksa further appreciated the service of the donors as some of them have donated blood on more than 150 occasions.
He said these people who have Bodisathwa qualities are exemplary to the world today that is selfish.
The President added that Sri Lanka is a country that can be truly proud of this humanistic feature more than any other country in the world.
He said there was a period when the hospitals had to postpone surgeries due to a shortage of the blood donations but this situation has changed today.
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, Health Deputy Minister Lalith Dissanayake, Secretary to the Health Ministry Dr Y D Nihal Jayathilake, Deputy Director General (Laboratary Services) Dr M G P Samarasinghe also spoke at the occassion. UPFA MP Vidura Wickramanayake and Dr Palitha Maheepala were also among the participants.