More than twenty employees of the Belarus President Administration have donated blood and its components at Minsk’s Hospital No. 6 located on the basis of the City Centre of Transfusion Medicine as part of a marathon on gratuitous donorship dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the blood service
Presidential Aide Valery Belsky is convinced that participation in the campaign is a great opportunity to feel needed and useful. He has previously donated blood, and many other employees also have such an experience.
“We always try to support the initiatives of the City Centre of Transfusion Medicine, and this is our second visit here this year,” he said. “Moreover, our employees often come here on their own. There are candidates for honorary donors among us, and those who already have this status.”
Mr. Belsky expressed hope that – thanks to the medical facility’s active position – an increasing number of people will get involved into gratuitous donorship, since this procedure is safe and comfortable. “Every third person in the world needs a blood transfusion at least once in life, and donorship is becoming an important component of our civilisation,” he noted, sharing his personal experience of blood donation.
“It all started when we were students, when we wanted to earn money and get an extra free day to visit our parents. The situation and motives have seriously changed by now. I was a COVID patient, and this has pushed me to donate blood. I had a good immune response, and it then was announced that donor plasma could be a way to cope with the virus. I felt an inner need to help others, because I was grateful to the doctors who treated me. Then I started doing it regularly. I even hope to become an honorary donor someday,” Mr. Belsky said.