NamBTS on blood donation campaign

27 Dec 2018 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 27 DEC (NAMPA) – The Namibia Blood Transfusion Services (NamBTS) has five days of blood supply left to cater to hospitals and is busy with campaigns in the central and coastal parts of the country to collect more.

NamBTS needs close to 500 units of blood to ensure all patients across Namibia have access to a safe blood supply during Christmas and the New Year, particularly blood types O positive and O negative.

Speaking to Nampa in an interview on Thursday, NamBTS Educational Officer, Titus Shivute said they supplied hospitals nationwide with a surplus amount of blood this year, but that the stock saw a considerable drop due to a Malaria outbreak and national medical centres needing more blood and blood products.

“We have seen a steady growth in the demand for blood products and blood this year,” Shivute added, adding that they had to implement additional efforts to stock up 35 000 units of blood this year, which is the highest the NamBTS has ever had.

Shivute explained that NamBTS is running a seven-week campaign themed ‘Give hope, Give life’, which started on 07 November 2018 and will end on 31 December 2018.

The campaign is aimed at sensitizing the nation about the drastic need for blood and accumulating a surplus amount in the blood bank.