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Change perception on blood drives: Awashthi

Demayble Pasoni
Friday, April 13, 2012

THE Attorney-General's office held its blood drive in Suva yesterday.

Over 100 people turned up at the event to donate blood and seek other medical services provided by the Fiji National Blood Services.

Fiji National Blood Services' Munir Awashthi said the drive was held at the right time because of the recent floods.

"Hospitals would need blood especially in light of the recent floods and the initiative provided by the AG's office is a good contributor towards that cause," Mr Awashti said.

He said the public should change their mind-set about blood drives and participate in it since it would be beneficial to them as well.

"Most think that they won't benefit from blood drives but the truth is that will in terms of getting free medical check-ups and if they wanted to know their blood groups, they could do that as well," he said.

"The free medical check-ups include various services where people can check their blood pressure, consult with a dietician and STI specialist and through participating in these services, they could also reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases," he added.

Mr Awashti urged people to attend the upcoming blood drives.

"A lot of blood drives are scheduled to take place soon and people should help themselves and others by participating in any one close to them," he said.


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