NamBTS campaign collects 5,458 units of blood countrywide

02 Jan 2019 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 02 JAN (NAMPA) - The Namibia Blood Transfusion Services (NamBTS) has collected 5,458 units of blood countrywide, through its ‘Give Hope, Give Life’ campaign of 2018.
This represents a significant increase from the 4,651 units of blood collected in 2017.
The campaign, which commenced on 07 November 2018 and ended on 31 December 2018, was aimed at sensitising the nation about the drastic need for blood and the importance of accumulating a surplus amount in the blood bank.
NamBTS Educational Officer, Titus Shivute told Nampa upon enquiry on Wednesday that the blood collected has enabled them to supply most hospitals and medical centres with sufficient blood.
“However we saw a decline towards the end of 2018, in both the collection and the blood stock, across the country,” he said.
Currently, NamBTS needs a further nine days of blood supply to ensure that they have a healthy blood stock level.
“This is regarded as a healthy blood stock level for all hospitals and medical centres in Namibia,” Shivute noted.
Most hospitals nationwide, he explained, were able to cope with the amount of blood provided to them over the festive season despite the increase in trauma incidents experienced during this time of the year.
The Oshakati Intermediate Hospital however still needed emergency stock from the northern NamBTS blood bank, despite the surplus blood provided.
“NamBTS now has difficulty maintaining the surplus blood supply to all the hospitals and medical centres in Namibia,” Shivute said.
The healthy blood stock level will be used for patients of trauma incidents such as motor vehicle accidents, mothers during childbirth and victims of stab wounds.