It’s World Blood Donor Day today but it probably won’t be widely celebrated in Mexico.
Just 2.7% of Mexicans are blood donors, according to the Foro Consultivo Científico y Tecnológico, a research foundation, compared to 33% in Latin America as a whole and a whopping 100% in Switzerland.
“In Mexico, donations are generally made when a relative is in need of blood; this type of donation is known as a replacement donation, and is the most common in our country,” explained Jesús Bautista Olvera, head of the blood bank at the Juárez of Mexico hospital in Mexico City.
Which all makes a Sonora man rather uncommon.
Martín Gámez Camou has given blood 118 times, earning him recognition from health authorities for his generosity over many years.
Gámez has also given 40 donations of platelets, bringing to 472 the number of people who have benefited from his donations.
He said he feels proud to have been able to help people recover their health, and more so for children who suffer from leukemia and require platelets.
“I like to donate so I began to look after myself so as to donate more and when they told me that a child with leukemia needs 6,000 platelets a day I began donating them as well for the children.”
Gámez said he maintains a balanced diets and has no bad habits so as to be available to donate whenever his blood is required. During an event yesterday promoting blood donations, he invited citizens to join the campaign and make donating blood a part of their lives.