MASERU-Lesotho Blood Transfusion Services (LBTS) says its blood coffers may soon run dry unless more people donate blood that can be used at hospitals and other places that critically need it, especially after
Normally, Easter is the time when more accidents happen as people move from place to place within a short period of time, sometimes driving at high speeds. Sometimes groups of people make trips to different church conferences and visit family members and friends.
Director Lab Services at the LBTS ‘Maleqhoa Nyopa says there is still a huge shortage of blood units at the centre and that if people do not volunteer to give blood, many lives can be lost due to the low donor supplies.
Nyopa expressed her gratitude to the voluntary blood donors, companies and associations for their regular support and appealed to all healthy people around the country to voluntarily donate blood so as to help save lives.
She said by giving blood, the donor will also take an advantage to know their blood group or even take a chance to test for HIV and Aids and other non- communicable diseases for free.
She continued that the human body is the only manufacturer of blood, therefore only humans can help to save the patients whose lives are in the shadow of death should they not get the blood they would have lost after an accident or operation.
Nyopa added: “Emergencies happen at all times, day or night and some life-threatening operations and road traffic accidents can take place anytime. People injured after assaults, women with complications at child birth or emergency surgical operations all require additional blood. Therefore, everyone must remember that it could be someone dear or even ourselves who need blood.”
According to World Health Organization (WHO) blood transfusion has an essential life-saving role in all aspects of health care, including maternal and child care, particularly in cases of bleeding during or after childbirth, as well as for victims of trauma and accidents.
It further states that there are many challenges for WHO in the African Region, including Lesotho, as the demand for blood transfusion and blood products being high, putting a strain on the national blood banks.
WHO points out that 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.