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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 06.03 GMT
WHO admire blood services in Sri Lanka


The World Health Organization (WHO) selected Sri Lanka to host World Blood Donorsí Day 2014 in recognition of the implementation of policies, systems and structures that the country put in place to ensure the safety, quality, accessibility and timely availability of blood and blood products to meet the need of patients who require blood transfusion, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said.

The minister was addressing the World Blood Donorsí Day ceremony held on June 14 at the BMICH Colombo.

Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event raises awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

The minister said many countries donít have an adequate supply of safe blood and blood products. Sri Lankans consider blood donation as a religious responsibility and an act of merit. The country has well organized blood collecting and screening centres. It caters for the public and private health sectors according to their requirements, he said.

Minister Sirisena said Sri Lanka has adequate stocks of blood and blood products all the time. This is one of the reasons that maternal mortality rate is low in the country when compared with other countries, he said.

Through its national blood transfusion service, Sri Lanka has been promoting voluntary unpaid donation to increase access to safe and sufficient blood and blood products.





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