Malawi’s Minister of Health Dr. Jean Kalilani has appealed to all the stakeholders in the country to go for blood donation. saying this will help to save lives of people languishing in different hospitals due to lack of blood.
Speaking during the official launch of blood donation awareness week on Saturday at Masintha ground in Lilongwe, the minister said Malawi as a country needs about 320 units of blood on a daily basis to help those patients running out of blood and requires 80,000 units of blood per year.
“Blood shortage related deaths can be avoided if we can all join hands by donating blood,” said Kalilani.
Kalilani said blood is the most precious gift of life and its donation is certainly an act of human dignity and that during this period, blood collections are very low due to school holidays, Christmas and New Year festivities.
She appealed to people to donate blood not only once but continue until they reach the last donation age.
Malawi Blood Transfusion Service (MBTS) has organised a National Blood Donation Awareness Week to increase awareness on the importance of voluntary non remunerated blood donation from 17 to 22nd November.
MBTS chairperson Mrs. Diana Kaluluma said all healthy and eligible Malawians are encouraged to donate blood during the awareness campaign and continue donating to save other people’s lives.
Kaluluma added that this year’s National blood donation awareness week is being observed under the theme “Give Blood, Give again” with an aim of raising awareness of the need for more people to become voluntary non-remunerated blood donors and to collect at least 10,000 units of blood to be made available to hospitals national wide for transfusion during the month of December and January next year.
Speaking on Monday, MBTS Public Relations Officer, Allen Kaombe, said the exercise will see MBTS collecting 10,000 units of whole blood to be used during the rainy season.