Pressure on blood supply leads to call for Nanaimo donors

NANAIMO – Canadian Blood Services is making a call to Harbour City residents for blood donations.

Canadian Blood Services is making a call to Harbour City residents for blood donations.

Factors such as new donor regulations brought on by the Zika virus have put added pressure on Canada’s blood supply. More than 2,000 donations from Nanaimo will be needed before July in order to support patients’ needs over the summer months, a press release said.

“We have a greater need for donors with Type O blood, but all donors are encouraged to get involved,” said David Patterson, B.C. and Yukon director of donor relations.

Clinics will be held at Beban Park social centre on May 4-5, between noon and 7 p.m. The target for each day is 101 units of blood.

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