Donate blood, save a life: NamBTS

23 Nov 2013 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 23 NOV (NAMPA) – The Namibian Blood Transfusion Service (NamBTS) is calling on all Namibians who are capable of donating blood to do so, especially during the festive season.
Nampa spoke to NamBTS donor recruiter Magreth Matte during the official launch of the Festive Season Road Safety Campaign for 2013/2014 in the capital on Friday, who made the call on behalf of the organisation.
She said NamBTS is currently hosting a blood donation campaign, which started mid-November and ends mid-December, under the theme 'Donate before you go, donate life'.
“We are calling on everyone who can donate blood to come forth and donate blood,” she said.
Matte said this is especially important during the festive season as traffic volumes increase. This means an increased likelihood of road accidents, and therefore an increased need for blood donations which could help save the lives of accident victims.
Those interested in donating blood can visit one of the three fixed site donation clinics at the NamBTS Centre in Tal Street and at the United House Clinic in Windhoek; as well as at the NamBTS Swakopmund Clinic situated in Ferdinand Stich Street.
They can also visit one of the mobile clinics, for which information is available from NamBTS.
Speaking during the launch, the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA)'s Chief Executive Officer, Rosalia Martins-Hausiku urged all road users to play their part in saving lives this festive season by simply obeying traffic regulations.
“The difference between life and death lies in the decisions we take. Let us not overtake on blind spots, drive under the influence of alcohol and exceed the speed limits. Please let us refrain from these risky behaviours and choose to respect our own lives and those of other road users,” she urged.
Martins-Hausiku also encouraged all drivers to always keep their headlights switched on, even during the day, so that they are visible to oncoming traffic.
The Festive Season Road Safety Campaign is a joint effort by the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA), the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol). It is aimed at reducing road accidents, injuries and fatalities through targeted action against common road offences such as speeding, drinking and driving, overloading and unfit vehicles, which are the leading causes of accidents in Namibia.