Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne congratulated over 4,000 volunteer blood donors who turned up instantly to donate blood following the sequence of suicide bomb attacks on Easter Sunday, a spokesperson for the Health Ministry said.
According to the spokesman, over 2,500 blood donors were present at the Narahenpita National Blood Transfusion Centre while over 1,500 turned up at the Negombo Hospital just after the attack. They were felicitated at a ceremony held at the BMICH recently.
“After receiving sufficient amount of blood, the Health Ministry announced that they had adequate amounts of blood to treat the injured from the Easter attack while requesting the public to donate blood only if it is necessary for the future. Sri Lankans showed how much they care about others during this attack. The Sri Lankan National Blood Transfusion Service is one of the best services in the world,” he said.
“The WHO has instructed countries to collect blood only from voluntary blood donors from 2020, but Sri Lanka achieved this target five years ago, in 2014 showcasing Sri Lankans’ kindness and generosity,” he added.