Fiesta Commission Mare de Déu de Loreto
will be carrying out its blood donation campaign as
usual, despite not being able to celebrate the fiestas
on honour of the patron saint of the port zone this
year, and will be asking for suitable donors to head
down to the Commission HQ in Calle Severo Ochoa in the
port next Tuesday 18th August.
of the current need for donations, the Fiesta Commission
has contacted the Valencian Community Transfusions
Centre in order to be able to carry out the annual
donation and give property, despite the ongoing health
emergency, to those activities of a solidarity nature
that the fiesta community encourages throughout the
donations can be made during the morning of Tuesday
18th August between 10.00am and 1.30pm and then in the
afternoon of the same day between 5.00pm and 8.30pm.
The Fiesta Commission will prepare their facilities
in accordance to the requirements established by the
Transfusions Centre. Amongst the safety measures
which will be adopted is the mandatory use of a face
mask at all times during the visit to the centre, the
washing of hands with soap and water before the use
of hydroalcoholic gel and the maintenance of required
safety distances between stretchers and the waiting
area. The stretchers will be covered with disposable
sheets which will be changed after each donor whilst
the pens that will be used to fill out the corresponding
forms will not be returned.
addition, the Transfusions Centre recommends
that anyone who has a respiratory condition or fever
in the two weeks prior to the donation should stay away
from the facilities as an extreme precaution.
Valencian health organisation has warned about the importance
of participating in these type of local donation events
as the reserves of blood are lower than advised levels.
In the Comunidad Valenciana, some 650 units of
blood are required every day to meet the hospital demand
which, taking into account the lengthy paralysis of
donation due to the lockdown, is why this type
of initiative becomes more essential than ever.
Anyone who has lived continuously in the United
Kingdom between 1980 and 1996 (one year minimum and
not only British people but any nationality) cannot
donate blood in Spain due to the risk of transmitting
'Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD)',
the human form of BSE or 'Mad Cow Disease' which