NamBTS urges donors to donate blood

24 Nov 2017 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 24 NOV (NAMPA) – The Namibia Blood and Transfusion Service (NamBTS) has urged all donors and prospective donors to donate blood as the December to mid-January period will be difficult for them.
NamBTS Head of Public Relations, Zita Tobin in a media release on Thursday said the blood stock levels need to be maintained as many Namibians are unavailable to donate blood during the festive season.
“In the next six weeks a minimum of 4 500 blood donations and 150 platelet donations are required to ensure that hospitals across the country have sufficient blood stock to treat patients in the run up to Christmas,” Tobin said.
She said that donors with blood type 0 positive or 0 negative are mostly needed as the two blood types are used in emergency cases.
Dr Björn von Finckenstein of NamBTS added that terminally ill patients, pregnant women experiencing childbirth complications, scheduled operations and pediatric cases will need blood daily or weekly.
He also mentioned that patients suffering from trauma as a result of motor vehicle accidents, which are notorious during this period, may require blood.
NamBTS has planned several clinic visits and will be visiting shopping centres and corporate organisations in various towns where donors can donate blood during this period.