Namibians urged to donate blood to save lives

15 Feb 2015 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 15 FEB (NAMPA) – Namibia Blood Transfusion Services (NAMBTS) has urged Namibians to donate more blood in order to assist patients who cannot produce platelets.
NAMBTS Blood Recruiter, Titus Shivute told Nampa upon enquiry that there is a high demand of platelet donation in the country, as there are patients who are being attended to at hospitals.
He said that platelets control bleeding and prevent clotting.
It is mostly given to patients with Aplastic anaemia, cancer - especially Leukaemia, trauma and burns victims, and those awaiting a bone-marrow or organ transplant as well as those who have undergone prolonged surgery.
Shivute said that they obtain these platelets by passing donor's blood through a cell separator that separate platelets and plasma from the red blood cells.
He said that the specialised procedure takes up to 2 hours to complete, and a new sterile equipment is used for each donation, as such, there are no risks of infection.
According to Shivute, to be a platelet donor one must be a regular blood donor for at least 3 times without any adverse effects.
A would-be platelet donor is also required to have an adequate platelet count.
He said that so far the number of blood units available countrywide are only sufficient to hold for at least four days, which is not enough.
Shivute said that there are two fixed blood donation points in Windhoek, the NAMBTS headquarters 35 Tal street and the United House clinic in Independece avenue, adding that various mobile blood donation points are set up in various towns.