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Neighbourhood pharmacy hosts blood drive, health fair in Diamond

first_imgPrashad’s Medical and Pharmacy, in collaboration with the Guyana Red Cross Society, National Aids Program Secretariat (NAPS) and the Blood Bank, on Saturday held its second annual blood drive and health fair initiative at the pharmacy’s Lot 62 Second Street, Little Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) location.The blood drive and health fair was aimed at increasing the reserves at the National Blood Transfusion Unit, and to assist persons who are unable to access or pay for medical checkups.According to Prashad’s Chief Executive Officer, Paras Prashad, the objective of the event is also to educate persons about the importance of donating a single unit of blood, and how it can help those in need.During the six-hour activity, more than 20 units of blood were donated by persons in and around the community.The event, which also provided a medium to educate persons on the benefits of donating blood, and thereby address the reluctance associated with donating blood, targeted some 100 donors, who also benefited by receiving free gifts, door hamper prizes, free sampling of products, free medical advice, and a prestigious gift basket giveaway. Additionally, persons were able to access free testing for blood sugar, pressure, haemoglobin, cholesterol. Tests were provided also for all high school entrance students.Only recently, the National Blood Transfusion Services (NBTS) stated that it’s in dire need of blood to satisfy the ever-growing demand for the commodity.According to the institution, the demand is high and the blood bank is short of all blood groups.The goal of the NBTS is for all the blood supplied in Guyana to be collected from voluntary, healthy donors. Every unit of blood that is donated is screened and delivered through a network of Blood Banks countrywide, and is used as needed.last_img read more

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GTT donates shirts for Bartica’s Cancer Awareness Walk

first_imgThe Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) has donated 200 Pinktober T-shirts to the Mayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall in support of that city’s Cancer Awareness Walk.Bartica Mayor Gifford Marshall receives the donation of shirts from GTTAccording to the Mayor, the annual activity, which will take place on October 23, is part of the partnership between the Bartica Teachers Union and Nurses of Bartica.“Over the last two years, the council has recognised the need to participate in the Cancer Awareness Month and we are very impressed with the lead GTT has taken. We have modelled our activities similarly to what GTT hosts in Georgetown and we look forward to the success of this event,” Marshall said.Bartica’s Cancer Awareness Walk in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) will start at 18:00h from the Cenotaph (Stelling Square) and will go through the streets of Bartica. The walk will end at the basketball court, where those participating will engage in a planned activity— a number of local artistes will be performing.Mayor Marshall encouraged persons in the Bartica community to come out and support the cancer awareness venture. “The reason why we are walking is because active mobility is a critical aspect of staying healthy, and we want to remember those who would have survived cancer and those loved ones we have lost along the way. We also want to remind all of Bartica that we all have a responsibility to ourselves in ensuring our own health and wellness,” the Mayor stated.On September 6, GTT launched its annual Pinktober event which is aimed at educating Guyanese on cancer care and raising funds to support treatment for cancer patients in Guyana. The company has month-long activities planned to observe Cancer Awareness Month. GTT’s 5k/10k walk and run event occurs on October 26, 2019.last_img read more