On Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, the Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas Blood Mobile was in Abaco. Parked in Maxwell’s parking lot, a professional crew of phlebotomists collected blood from 10am to 3pm each day. They reported being very happy with the turnout from Abaconians.
Blood Drives at Abaco’s Cooper’s Town Clinic and the Marsh Harbour Parish Hall on the pre-Halloween weekend garnered a large number of willing participants for a record total of 70 donated pints of blood for the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH.) The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and a medical team from PMH saw a massive turn-out for their October weekend Blood Drive organized to help restore low levels at PMH. To encourage a healthy turnout, BTC gave away phones, phone cards, tablets and refreshments.
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.