A blood drive is being organized for Abaco on the dates of September 28 and 29. The “Blood Mobile” will be brought up to Abaco from Nassau along with technicians to draw blood. The site for the blood drive will be at Maxwell’s Supermarket in Marsh Harbour. People will be able to donate from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Abaco, President Dwayne Wallas expressed that he hopes this event is successful and can become an annual event. Blood reserves in The Bahamas are notoriously low meaning many life performing procedures cannot be completed in a timely matter. Blood drives, such as the one planned for September 28 and 29, replenish supplies and save lives.
The Red Cross has several recommendations for successful blood donation. A good night’s sleep before hand coupled with drinking an extra sixteen ounces of water beforehand are both important. Avoiding fatty foods before the donation can also improve the chances for donating viable blood. There are certain restrictions to donating blood, such as high blood pressure or poor health, which will be covered by the technicians when you visit.
This will be a general blood drive. All persons are encouraged to attend and donate regardless of blood type.