World Blood Donor Day to be held in Colombo on June 14


The World Blood Donor Day will fall on June 14, 2014. At a media conference held in Colombo on January 16 Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena announced his ministry’s plans to mark that day on a grand scale.

He is seen holding a poster with National Blood Transfusion Service Director Dr. Anil Dissanayaka.

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

With Lankans donating about 350,000 pints of blood per year, it is the only country with a free blood transfusion service in the entire world, the Health Ministry said.

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said that the WHO had selected Sri Lanka as the country to celebrate the World Blood Donor Day in 2014. Earlier South Africa, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Canada and Australia had been selected to hold the Global Blood Donor Day, he said at a media conference in Colombo on January 16.

He pointed out that blood donation in Sri Lanka had seen an upward trend during the war, because many people donated blood to save the lives of the security forces personnel.

Minister Sirisena added that the blood transfusion service in Sri Lanka had reached a high degree of excellence and the National Blood Transfusion Service had been distributing safe blood to hospitals, including those in the private sector.

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