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World Blood Donor Day, 2020
Message from Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo Minister of Health on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day 14 June 2020

June 14 is globally observed as "World Blood Donor Day" with the goal to promote blood donation as an act of solidarity with the theme "Safe Blood saves live . Voluntary blood donation manifests the fundamen- tal human values of altruism, respect, empathy and kindness. This is all the more relevant to us, given the rich spiritual heritage we enjoy as Bhutanese. This special day highlights the stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation; thereby, motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood and encouraging people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so, particularly the young folks. Countries in the world face potential shortages of blood for transfusions due to a significant reduction in voluntary blood dona- tions, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read More >>