Malawi Blood Transfusion Service baffled with people’s reluctance to donate blood

The Malawi Blood Transfusion Service (MBTS) says it will conduct a study to establish why many people are still not forthcoming to donate blood to the institution.

This was disclosed to members of the media on Wednesday ahead of the World Blood Donor Day this Saturday, June 14.

MBTS Chief Executive Natasha Nsamala was of the view that the study would MBTS address or combat some myths that prevents prospective blood donors.

Donating blood

Donating blood

She also said some people had becoming forward hoping they would get paid for donating blood.

“We have had cases where some people asked for money. But we have always stated we collect blood freely from our very understanding blood donors,” she said.

Nsamala indicated that 80 percent of blood they collect comes from young people, precisely students aged between 16 and 25 years.

This, according to her, result in collection of only 50 thousand units per annum of the required 80,000 units per year.

This year’s World Blood Donor Day commemorating activities will take place this Saturday at Gymkana ground in Zomba, where MBTS is expected to recognise commitment some of the blood donors in as far as blood donation is concerned.

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