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"The Smile of the Child" celebrates the International Day of Volunteer Blood Donation Voluntary Blood Donation Action in the Municipality of Drama on 14 & 15 June 2021




Thessaloniki, June 2, 2021


"The Smile of the Child" celebrates World Volunteer Blood Donor Day

Voluntary Blood Donation Action in the Municipality of Drama on 14 & 15 June 2021

On Monday, June 14th and Tuesday, June 15th, on the occasion of the International Day of Volunteer Blood Donors (June 14th), a voluntary blood donation action will take place in the Municipality of Drama, to strengthen the reduced blood reserves due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The action is organized by "The Smile of the Child" in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Municipality of Drama, the General Hospital of Drama, the Drama Local Administration of the International Police Association - IRA, the Drama Police Directorate and is under the auspices of the Eastern Region Thrace.

Taking into account the unprecedented shortages that have arisen in the blood stocks of the National Health System due to the pandemic Covid-19, "The Smile of the Child" intensifies its already existing actions regarding voluntary blood donation. According to EKEA data, out of 1,500 blood draws / day, only 800 / day are carried out. Given the vertical decline in blood draws and recognizing the immediate and urgent need to strengthen them, the Organization takes initiatives and joins forces with agencies, volunteers and organizations to contribute to this important and urgent need.

The collection of blood units will be carried out in compliance with strict safety and hygiene rules in the Mobile Unit "ODYSSEUS" of the Organization "The Smile of the Child"

Detailed information:

. Location: Central Square of the Municipality of Drama

● Days of the action: Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 June 2021

Λ Opening Hours: Monday: 08:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 20:00 pm .. Tuesday: 08:30 am - 1:00 p.m.

● Contact phone for information and appointments: 2521 350 331, Blood Donation Department of Drama General Hospital

. Voluntary blood donors are requested to have their ID with them, as well as their AMKA.

Throughout the action, all the prescribed rules will be observed to ensure their smooth and safe conduct, as defined by the National Blood Donation Center - EKEA, namely:

. Appointments in order to avoid overcrowding

. Thermometry at the entrance of blood donors and antiseptic in the hands

● Provision of the personal protection equipment provided by EODY (masks, gloves, antiseptic) for the staff and the voluntary blood donors who will participate

●  Disinfection in the blood donation chairs in each blood donor

● Κeeping Observance of the distances between the blood collection chairs, but also in the whole organization of the space

According to the National Blood Donation Center - EKEA, the recipients of the Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines can donate blood, if they feel well, after 2-3 twenty-four hours.

The action is part of the project "Integrated Territorial Synergies for Child Health and Protection II (Integrated Territorial Synergies for Children Health and Protection II) - INTERSYC II".