Government of El Salvador recognizes the altruistic work of blood and plasma donors, along with the work of collaborators in the sector

The Government of President Nayib Bukele recognizes the efforts of altruistic people such as blood and plasma donors, who save hundreds of lives of Salvadorans each year and urges the population to join in this noble action for the benefit of the community.

On World Blood Donor Day, which is celebrated every June 14, the Ministry of Health, together with the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) presented medals of recognition to volunteer donors of blood and plasma for helping to save lives and become unsung heroes.

In addition, the work of the personnel of the blood banks of the entire public network was highlighted. He has been charged with collecting safe blood and blood product, which is a key component of effective health systems, as mandated by President Bukele.

Blood banks have the technical and technological capacity to carry out all the processes of recruitment and care of blood donors. Also to carry out its extraction and fractionation, which allows the generation of platelets, red blood cells, fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate.

“We have 16 blood banks nationwide (…) The National Network of Blood Banks is made up of the Ministry of Health, the Red Cross, the Salvadoran Social Security Institute and the Military Hospital,” reported the Vice Minister of Operations in Cheers, Karla Díaz.

Despite mobility restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020, volunteers continued to donate blood and plasma for patients requiring transfusions. “Thank you for that noble work and that humanitarian gesture,” said the PAHO / WHO country representative, Giovanni Escalante.

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The Network of Blood Banks of the National Integrated Health System counts 23,145 voluntary donors who contribute to improving the health of patients in need.

The Government of President Bukele will continue to support these types of initiatives that benefit the entire population. In addition, it will work to improve conditions in the health system to ensure quality care.