Ponoka blood drive for May 11 will go ahead

Canadian Blood Services assures giving blood is safe

A blood drive planned for Ponoka next month will go ahead.

The Ponoka Legion confirmed Canadian Blood Services (CBS) will be at the Legion, located at 3911 on Hwy. 2A, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 11.

According to a news release from CBS, it’s safe to donate blood during COVID-19 and it’s critical for patients.

Booking an appointment to donate blood will prevent shortages.

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There was a spike in appointment cancellations, drawing concern from CBS, according to the release dated March 16.

“We are determined to keep our promise to help every patient, match every need and serve every Canadian,” stated CBS.

“To do that we require the ongoing generosity and commitment of donors.”

The inventory is currently sufficient, but shortages seen in other countries has CBS wanting to be prepared.

“Patients depend on these lifesaving donations,” said Dr. Isra Levy, CBS’ vice-president of medical affairs and innovation. “Every day they are needed for patients undergoing surgery and cancer treatment, as well as to save lives following traumas such as motor vehicle accidents.”

CBS assures that giving blood in Canada continues to be safe due to “robust cleaning and infection-control practices.”

All prospective donors are also carefully screened for symptoms of illness, even mild ones, during appointment bookings and upon arrival at the donor centre or event.

Those with any symptoms are not allowed to donate blood and are instructed not to visit.

For more information visit blood.ca/covid19. To book an appointment go to blood.ca.

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