Ministry worried over blood shortage

Ministry worried over blood shortage

’Makhotso Rakotsoane

MASERU

 

HEALTH Minister ’Molotsi Monyamane says he is deeply worried about the shortage of blood in hospitals.

Monyamane, who said he is one of the regular blood donors, said there are many road accidents and fights that end in injuries and other things that cause people to lose blood and “it is worrying that there is a shortage of blood”.

Lesotho celebrated World Blood Donor Day at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital yesterday. This year’s theme was “Blood connects us all”.

Speaking at the occasion, the Director of Blood Transfusion Services ’Maleqhoa Nyopa said the aim of celebrating World Blood Donor Day was to thank the donors for saving other people’s lives.

Nyopa said there are some companies that contribute a lot in donating blood because their workers volunteer to give out their blood.

The World Health Organisation Representative, Dr Cornelia Atsyor, said the shortage of blood in most countries in the African region is often due to weak implementation of policies and lack of systems and structures to ensure adequate supply of safe blood and blood products to meet the needs of all patients requiring transfusion.

“In addition most young people and adults have not yet embraced the culture of voluntarism when it comes to blood donations,” Atsyor said.

John Petje, who has donated blood more than 100 times, said at first he did not think about donating blood until his wife got sick and he realised that he had to do it.

He started donating at the age of 37 when he was a student at the National University of Lesotho.

He said it feels so good when someone’s life is saved because of him.

Another donor, Ratokelo Nkoka, who won an award for donating 58 times, said he once suffered from malaria needed blood and so he saw the importance of donating blood and started doing so.

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