Canadian Blood Services Faces All-Time Low Shortage

by PeteTheGreek on Février 8, 2017 - 2:49pm

Throughout Canadian history, there has been a substantial sense of pride attached to the efforts made to maintain free healthcare for all citizens across the country. In the pursuit to ensure proper medical centers that are fully equipped, one supply is essential and difficult to obtain: human blood. The supply of blood necessary for transfusions, accident victims and those battling cancer can be an extremely large amount. With the stock of blood coming from donors across the country, the Canadian population needs to contribute to the supply to ensure a safe amount of blood available in all cases.

            With the winter holidays that recently passed, a scare for a countrywide shortage was rising as CBC News journalist Andrew Foote warned how the weather, holidays and newly imposed rules for women donators is to blame for this fearful situation. If the amount of blood donations reduces the entire nation goes into a crisis were people cannot receive the care that they dearly need. I believe that there needs to be supplementary awareness in media to advertise how blood donors are needed and can truly be the factor to save other people’s lives. On the other hand, I was pleased to learn that thousands of Canadian citizens donate blood once every two months. The Canadian Blood Services stated that they need at least 50,000 donors in the next three months before May. I will certainly be one of the people to contribute to the blood supply for my fellow citizens.

For a proper hospital to function, they need approximately 5,000 blood donations every two weeks so I believe with further awareness, the projections can be reached and as many lives possible can be saved.


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December 27, 2016 by Andrew Foote

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MTL man with deep Greek roots, at the same time I'm a hardcore Canadian with a passion for hockey, love for the Habs and a lust for a Timmie's Double-Double.