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Blood Bank capacity gets a boost

| 2016-06-23 00:00:00

The capacity of the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) to provide hospitals with support for performing surgeries got a boost this morning with the handing over of two Plasma Freezers which were repaired at a cost of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000).

Speaking at the function held at the NBTS/Blood Bank this morning, Director of Health Services, Planning and Integration in the Ministry of Health Dr Lundie Richards commended the Kiwanis Club of Kingston for undertaking the work as part of their major project for 2015-2016. The Club has committed to repairing non-functioning Blood Bank equipment islandwide.

He noted that the increase in capacity was quite timely given the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the operation of a Cardiac Centre at Bustamante Hospital for Children.

‘Your charitable contribution will significantly support those children through their cardiac surgeries, as we know they need lots of blood and blood components.’ Dr Richards told the Kiwanians.

He re-affirmed the role played by charitable groups in health sector strengthening and said the Ministry welcomed the expansion of public-private partnerships.

In furtherance of this goal the Ministry of Health has moved to strengthen the scope and role of the Health for Life Foundation, a Non-Profit Foundation charged with responsibility to facilitate the work of volunteer organizations wishing to support the health sector.

Among other things the Foundation will also provide guidance on the importation of goods which would otherwise attract significant tariffs and facilitate the registration of International Health Care Workers with professional bodies.

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