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Namibia Blood Transfusion Services’ Frieda Vatileni Talks On Need for Blood Donations

todayJuly 10, 2024 5

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In a recent conversation with Future Media, Frieda Vatileni from Namibia Blood Transfusion Services (NAMBTS) expressed an urgent appeal to the Namibian public. As the nation grapples with a critical shortage in blood supplies, Vatileni highlighted the pressing need for more donations to ensure the safety and well-being of patients in need.

Current Blood Stock Levels

Vatileni reported that the current blood stock is alarmingly low, standing at just five days’ worth of supplies. This situation poses a significant risk, as maintaining an adequate blood stock is crucial for emergency responses and routine medical procedures. She emphasized that the winter months typically see a decline in donations, exacerbating the situation.

Call to Action

Appealing to eligible donors, the NamBTS official urged all Namibians to step forward and donate blood. She acknowledged the challenges posed by the cold weather but stressed the importance of overcoming these obstacles to support the healthcare system. New donors are also encouraged to participate, with NAMBTS ready to guide them through the donation process.

Donation Stations and Logistics

To facilitate donations, she provided information on upcoming blood donation drives. On the following day, donations will be accepted at the Oncology Centre in Eros from 8 AM to 4 PM, and at the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) in Khomasdal. For those requiring transportation, NAMBTS has arranged support and can be contacted at 061 386 300 to organize transport to the donation centers.

Additionally, permanent donation centers are available in the north at Oshakati State Hospital and Wernhil Park. Vatileni urged residents in these areas to visit these centers and contribute to alleviating the blood shortage.

Conclusion

Vatileni’s message underscores a critical need within Namibia’s healthcare infrastructure. The call for blood donations is not just a routine appeal but a vital request to save lives and ensure medical readiness. As Namibians respond to this call, the collective effort will significantly impact the nation’s ability to provide essential healthcare services.

Written by: Leonard Witbeen

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