Blood drive called off due to $$ woes


    Sewa International TT has cancelled its latest blood donation drive because of a lack of funding.

    The group has actively organized drives for the last 12 years, with its 31st Blood Drive due to take place this Saturday (October 12th).

    It has however been called off due to money problems for the Blood Bank Mobile Unit.

    Sewa TT representative Revan Teelucksingh says while Blood Banks at the hospital are functioning properly, the Mobile Unit has had financial woes for about two years now.

    He says they have had cut down blood drives to twice a year instead of three times, and with shorter hours.

    This, he adds, has impacted the overall blood stock, which is mostly used in cases of emergency

    PAHO recommends that Trinidad and Tobago collect 65,000 units of blood per year to satisfy its domestic and possibly its own need in case of a disaster.

    T&T’s current annual collection however is approximately 20,000 units.