Héma-Québec is asking for people with O- and O+ blood groups to donate at upcoming specific blood drives. Last week’s heat wave in Quebec resulted in less donors than usual and Héma-Québec has seen a decrease in their ‘O’ blood type stock.
The blood drive aims to collect from 1,000 donors every day but they need 200 more donors over the next few days to refill their supply and regulate levels.
The blood supply is low for the O- and O+ groups. All blood donations count, but we are launching a specific appeal to donors of these blood types. To find a blood drive near you: https://t.co/ZXtzlKOT48 pic.twitter.com/Sh8H0rDKA0
— Héma-Québec (@HemaQuebec) July 9, 2018
According to the Canadian Blood Services, the most common blood type in Canada is O+ which represents 39% of the population and is the reason blood drives have the greatest need for it.
Héma-Québec makes donor and recipient safety its utmost priority and establishes strict qualification criteria. These standards are reviewed on a regular basis. Check out the Héma-Québec website to see if you’re eligible to donate.
The website also has a schedule of local pop up blood drives along with the daily objective goals.
Permanent centres are also located at a few places throughout the Greater Montreal area: