Six months. That’s all the gay community needs to wait until they can finally donate blood in Malta. Minister for Health Chris Fearne made the announcement earlier this morning, standing outside Parliament where the Mobile Blood Donation Unit had been parked.
This comes after Fearne’s statements earlier this year saying governmental plans were in force to give gay men the ability to donate blood in Malta. Now, following renovations in the Mobile Blood Donation Unit in recent weeks and plans to move Malta’s Blood Department to a new centre built close to Mater Dei, members of the island’s gay community will soon be able to donate blood as well.
Malta’s Mobile Blood Donation Unit is used on an average of four days a week, with the island’s hospitals needing some 50 bags of blood on a daily basis, One News reported. Fearne said that, last year alone, some 2,000 new people donated blood, going on to hope that more people would step forward to donate.