Over 30 parents and acquaintances of the National Institute of Health and Social Studies (NIHSS) will on Thursday 5th November 2020, conduct a blood drive at the Seychelles Hospital in efforts to promote volunteerism amongst students and the community.
The activity, which will take place at the Blood Transfusion Unit from 8:00am to 12 noon, is an early tribute to World Volunteer Day, commemorated annually on 5th December.
UN Volunteers describes International Volunteer Day as an opportunity to promote volunteerism, encourage governments to support volunteer efforts and recognize volunteer contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and international levels.
“The act of volunteerism taking place tomorrow is a commendable one. It will help save human lives,” says Ms Vanessa Seth, Registrar at the Institute. “It follows an awareness campaign which began on September 11th, to sensitise students at NIHSS on the need for blood donation. We are conducting this activity early because we want students and their acquaintances to reflect on opportunities that volunteering offers, for them to influence their own lives and their community.”
The institute hopes students will be more aware of the benefits of blood donation and become future health workers who regularly donate blood.
Under new guidelines issued by the Public Health Authority, no COVID-19 screening tests is needed for persons placed under home quarantine during or upon completion of the quarantine period. Testing may be recommended for persons who develop symptoms of the infection. All persons placed under home quarantine who develop symptoms are advised to visit the special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre. The home quarantine period should be completed for 14 days, from arrival in Seychelles or last contact with a positive case of COVID-19. A certificate of quarantine will be presented at the end of the quarantine period.
Anyone with symptoms related to COVID-19 are asked to report to special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre between 8am-12pm and 1pm-2pm. People who use these health centres for regular consultations, should go to their regional centres.