Over 410 thousand blood donations made in Cuba in 2017

Havana, Cuba, May 26.- In the first 4 months of 2017, the 330,000 Cuban voluntary blood donors, made over 410,000 donations that will contribute to save lives in Cuba and in other countries.

From June 6 through the 14, the Ministry of Public Health and the and Revolutionary Defense Committees (CDR) will pay homage to these volunteers whose altruistic and caring attitude help preserve human lives.

In a meeting with the press in this capital it was known that, due to the systematic fulfillment of the Blood Donation Program, Pinar del Río was selected as the best province and seat of the national celebrations.

Dr. Luis Enrique Pérez Ulloa, Chief of Medical Specialties of the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap), commented that thanks to the joint work of several organizations, the people of Pinar del Río managed to be the best in this activity.

He informed that Cienfuegos, Holguín and the Special Municipality of Isla de la Juventud are the most outstanding territories, while in Havana they will give special recognition to obtain 100 thousand donations in the year, which allows their hospitals to have the necessary bags of blood for medical procedures.

He also commended the participation of the other provinces, and urged to continue to perfect this humanitarian task.

Irina Serra Podio, an official in the ideological sphere of the National Directorate of CDR, told ACN that among the activities to be carried out to date are to publicly recognize donor families and work centers, as well as carry out municipal and provincial acts.

Cuba is the only country where a day dedicated to blood donors is held and, consequently, the only state in which this activity is carried out voluntarily or spontaneously. (ACN)

Radio Cadena Agramonte, May 26, 2017

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