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INDDICA and PITL organize blood donations to help children suffer for dengue fever

INDDICA and PITL organize blood donations to help children suffer for dengue fever

INDDICA and PITL organize blood donations to help children suffer for dengue fever. Tatoli's image//Francisco Sony

DILI, 16 march 2022 (TATOLI) – The Institute for Child Rights Defenders (INDDICA) and Plan International Timor-Leste (PITL) organized blood donations to help children affected by DHF.

“INDICA’s role is to protect children. For this reason, it’s in collaboration with PITL and the Ministry of Health to carry out the blood donation activity,” said Director General of INDDICA, Teresa Maria Freitas, to reporters at Timor Plaza.

The official mentioned that INDDICA submitted a letter requesting contributions to the ministries of Education, Youth and Sports, Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Health, State Secretary for Youth and Sports, with a view to donating blood.

The Director General said that this donation activity is open to everyone so that they can donate blood to save the lives of children. Januário Freitas da Cruz, Head of the Blood Bank Department at Guido Valadares National Hospital (HNGV), said that HNGV currently has 208 packages available to help patients with different blood types.

The officer said that there were only 10 packs of blood collected, as O, five A, three B and zero AB blood groups in the blood bank for children infected with DHF. According to the Head of the Division, infected blood patients need fresh blood to help them.

The official asked the public to volunteer to contribute blood donation activities at HNGV to help patients. Also the doctor as an official of the Ministry of Health, Nilton da Silva do Carmo, said he represented the ministry for INDDICA’s activities on blood donation to help children.

Doctors advise everyone not to be afraid to donate blood, stay healthy and free from clinical trials and medication. “Donating blood is important, because children need blood in hospitals,” he concluded.

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Rafy Belo

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