by Fabiana Lopes and Adviser to the blood bank, Santa Teresa, courtesy Adventist News Network
Blood donations in Rio de Janeiro fell by 60 percent in April, at the beginning of the pandemic, according to the National Cancer Institute (INCA). This is the fourth year of decline in the number of donations in Brazil. In 2019, there was a 2.5% decrease in the number of blood bags collected across the country.
For this reason, the Ministry of Health launched on the 12th the campaign “Be supportive. Donate blood. Donating is an act of love ” to reinforce the importance of maintaining blood supplies for emergency care, major surgery and treatment of people with chronic diseases.
On June 13, approximately 73 young people from the municipalities of Magé, Guapimirim and Duque de Caxias, in Rio de Janeiro, donated blood on the eve of World Blood Donor Day, at the Blood Bank of Hospital Santa Teresa, in Petrópolis, mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro.