Blood donation: despite the concern, 384 donors in Pontivy for the August collection

384 people gave their blood during the August 2020 blood drive in Pontivy (Morbihan). Something to forget the concern of the French Blood Establishment.

Posted on August 31, 20 at 8:24 am

384 people gave their blood during the August 2020 blood drive in Pontivy (Morbihan). Enough to forget the concern of the French Blood Establishment, in this period of health crisis. (© Pontivy Journal)

384 people donated blood during the August drive in Pontivy (Morbihan). Enough to forget the worry of theFrench blood establishment, in this period of health crisis linked to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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20 new donors in three days

A new blood drive took place over three half-days on Thursday 20, Friday 21 and Saturday 22 August 2020 at the Pontivy convention center.

The objectives set by theFrench blood establishment (EFS) were reached within ten: 384 people attended over the three half-days. Thursday August 20: 163 including 8 new; Friday August 21 135 including 8 new ones; Saturday August 22: 86 presented including 4 new ones. Jacqueline Stephan, president of the voluntary blood donors of Pontivy and its region, comments:

If a small wind of panic seized the French establishment of blood in front of the schedules which did not fill up, the donors finally came numerous. The towing organized Thursday August 20, 2020 in a supermarket in Pontivy undoubtedly contributed. As well as the various reminders in town halls and on social networks.

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Still not the reflex of the online meeting, fragile volunteers

To donate blood, you must now make an appointment on the EFS website, so that volunteers can organize the collection while respecting barrier gestures.

Donors are not yet sufficiently familiar with this new mode of operation: making prior appointments on the internet. Yet the next collections will still take place like this. Despite this health crisis that forces us to do so, the need for blood remains constant, hence the need for donors to prepare to take this good habit.

People arriving without registration are offered a time slot on the available hours on one of the collection days, the EFS doing its best not to refuse potential donors.

In addition, the members of our association are also subject to constraints, in particular due to age: a third of our volunteers are over 70 years old and the EFS does not want them to participate in the indoor collection. With another third at work and those on vacation, the volunteers present were in great demand for this summer fundraising.

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Practical information
The next collection will take place on Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October 2020 at the Pontivy convention center (Morbihan). Registration on the site: dondusang.efs.sante.fr. The association Les Donneurs de sang de Pontivy and its region will be present at the forum of associations in Pontivy on Sunday September 6, 2020.

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