Critical Shortages Of Blood Supply In The Country

23 May 2013 06:38

WINDHOEK, 18 MAY (NAMPA) - A blood shortage in the country has forced the Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) of Namibia to open emergency clinics for donations at shopping malls here on Saturday.
The BTS Clinic Planner Wendy Willemse told Nampa in an earlier interview that blood donors should donate blood as a matter of urgency.
?The BTS is appealing to the public to roll up their sleeves and donate blood. The country?s blood supply is critically low and mere days away from a severe shortage,? she noted.
Willemse raised the concern that only 0.06 per cent of a population of two million Namibians donates blood while one in seven patients need blood.
She said people should consider that by donating blood they are giving someone the gift of life.
A rise in traffic accidents due to increased travel over the weekend before the opening of the school term next week usually leads to a higher number of blood transfusions, according to Willemse.
She said the blood supply in Namibia drops to critically low levels just when it is needed most.
A shortage presents a serious problem for hospitals, as blood is essential for treating accident victims, newborn babies and many other patients.
The clinic planner said the BTS is calling upon existing and potential blood donors to visit their various centres.
Normal blood clinics are open during the week countrywide.