Immunisation campaign to impact blood donations

05 Jul 2016 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 05 JUL (NAMPA) - The Namibia Blood Transfusion Service (NamBTS) has called on its regular donors to donate blood before the immunisation campaign of the Ministry of Health and Social Services commences.
A media statement issued on Tuesday said blood donations could drop by as much as 50 per cent due to the immunisation campaign against rubella and measles slated for 11 to 22 July.
NamBTS Head of Recruitment, Planning and Promotions Zita Tobin was quoted as saying in the statement once donors have been immunised, they have to wait four weeks before donating blood, hence the expected drop in donations.
Blood donations have already shown a decline as many donors suffer from colds and flu.
The ministry will be vaccinating everyone aged between nine months to 39 years against rubella and measles.