Malawi’s blood banks have been emptied out, creating a serious shortage of blood in hospitals across the country, Malawi24 has learnt.
The shortage of blood has come at a time when hospitals are registering high Malaria cases and the situation has already led to deaths of people, including children.
According to reports, at Kamuzu Central hospital alone, 19 children died last week and there are fears more people will die if Malawians do not go out to donate blood.
Since Malawians always wait for donors, the British High Commission decided to set the ball rolling by giving blood.
The commission invited the Malawi Blood Transfusion Service to their offices where members of staff donated their blood.
Among the people who donated blood was British High Commissioner, Michael Nevin. After giving some of his blood, Nevin expressed disappointment that Malawians are not doing more to avert the situation.
He said: “As British High Commission, we are helping the Malawi Blood Transfusion Service to save lives. But I am disappointed Malawians are not doing more. It is something that costs people nothing, but brings satisfaction that you are helping to save lives. Please step up to the plate and help fellow Malawians by donating blood.”