To have sufficient reserves, Costa Rica need to duplicate the number of blood donors from 40,000 to 80,000 people per year.
This was announced by the chief executive of the Social Security Fund (CCSS), Ileana Balmaceda, during a press conference in which she reported that donations declined 10% in the past two months.
“It is not that the institution is at risk of not being able to replace surgery, but we have a reservation at this time,” she explained.
“Some 40,000 people contribute annually, and these are achieved because it will search through company visits and donation campaigns”.
The reduction in donations in recent months coincides with the time of year where more blood is needed, because this season increasing attention to emergencies, such as transit.
For this reason, Balmaceda called for Costa Ricans to come to the hospital or blood bank and give their contribution more consistently.
Erna Melendez, director of the National Blood Bank, warned that only 50% of the blood transfused in the country comes through voluntary donation, and meanwhile the other half is obtained by petition to patients and families of patients.
However, organizations such as the World Health Organization recommend achieve 100% voluntary blood donation, because the blood is safer, Melendez said.
To try to increase donations in the next month, the Bank held several campaigns to attract.
On November 24, will be held in Salon Comunal of Tibás, and on November 25 in the Multipurpose Room in Cariari Pococí.
On December 2, visit the Lions Club Salon Comunal of Coronado, on December 9 will be in the Social Culture Center of Parritaof San Ramon, and on 16 December in the social complex Salon Comunal of Perez Zeledon.
If you are interested in donating or have questions, you can call the blood bank of any national hospitals or communicate to the National Blood Bank at 2280-9893 or 2280-9903.