By Thomas Kachere:
One of the country’s media companies, Times Group, has called on Malawians to donate blood to the Malawi Blood Transfusion Services (MBTS) to save lives.
Times Group Commercial Manager, Lusayo Msukwa, made the appeal Monday when MBTS officials visited the media company’s premises for blood collection.
Msukwa said the company values lives of people who also contribute to its business hence its desire to mobilise its staff to donate blood to MBTS which has been calling on Malawians to come forward and help in replenishing its banks.
“There cannot be business without people. It is every important for people to donate blood because blood saves lives. On our part, as a company, we felt we have a responsibility to respond to the appeal for blood by MBTS,” Msukwa said.
In his appeal for others to come forward and donate blood to MBTS, Msukwa said sometimes a person who donated blood may be saved by the same blood if they find themselves in a situation that requires the fluid.
“In other cases, it may be your relation who might urgently need blood. You really never know who will use the blood that you donate,” he said.
Senior Clinical Nurse for MBTS, Aida Katunga, who led the blood-collection team, said hospitals in the country are in dire need of the fluid and urged more people to come forward and donate blood.
Katunga said the closure of schools as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus is making it difficult for the blood-collecting institution to collect enough of the fluid as they mostly rely on students.
“That is why we are moving around in different places including companies asking people to donate blood. We are grateful to those that are coming forward to respond to our plea,” she said.
Katunga further stated that MBTS is following all the Covid-19 preventive measures during its blood-collecting exercise such that those willing to donate blood should be assured of all safety.
The blood that MBTS collects is mostly used for women with complications of pregnancy such as haemorrhage before, during and after childbirth, children with severe anaemia, often resulting from malaria or malnutrition, accident victims and patients undergoing surgical procedures.
The mandate of MBTS is to provide adequate supplies of safe blood and blood products to meet the needs of all patients in all hospitals in Malawi.