More blood needed in Malawi hospitals for the festive season

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The Malawi Blood Transfusion Service (MBTS) says Malawi needs around 10, 000 pints of blood to meet the anticipated high demand of blood during this coming festive season.

According to MBTS, Malawi requires at least 80, 000 units of blood for the whole year, but 10, 000 pints of blood is required to cater for the festive season only.

Malawi Blood Transfusion

More blood needed.

“The country requires 10, 000 units in December and part of January due to the high incidences of Malaria-induced anemia. During this period, blood collections are low,” reads part of a press statement issued by the MBTS Wednesday.

Against this background, the MBTS in conjunction with the Ministry of Health has organized Blood Donation awareness Week (BDAW) to increase stock levels to meet the requirements during this festive season and raising awareness on the importance of voluntary blood donation.

With the urgent need of stopping blood shortages in hospitals, MBTS calls upon a collective approach from the general public.

“Everyone must take part in voluntary blood donation either by donating blood or by mobilizing others. There are a number of factors causing blood shortage in our hospitals. The fact that there are different types of blood groups bequeaths us with patients in need of different types of blood.

“When some types are not available, lives of patients are put at risk. In addition, many Malawians are not willing to give blood. This affects our ability as a nation to meet the 80, 000 units annual blood requirement.

The blood donation basics requires one to be in a healthy condition, aged between 16 to 65 years and weighing at least 42 kilograms and pass some health checks like blood level and blood pressure.

The BDAW is expected to be from the week running November 28 to December 3 with financial support from Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The sessions will be conducted at all MBTS centres in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Balaka and in some selected districts like Zomba, Kasungu, Rumphi, Salima, Thyolo, Dedza and Chitipa among others.

-A Malawi News Agency report

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  1. Once a donor always a donor, ndizapelekabe magazi. Nkhani ya magazi ndiya moyo, sibwino pena kumakamba nkhani iliyose mwandale. Enanu kaya mkusadziwa kaya ndikufuna kutchuka ndima comments koma tsiku limodzi muzadziwa kufunikila kopeleka magazi. Ndipo bola musazakhale inu ofuna magaziyo koma azakhale wachikondi wanu kuti inuyo muzadziwe kufunika kopeleka magazi. Munthu wina mwanawake akufunika magazi ku KCH anapezeka kuti achibale onse omwe amakhala mu Lilongwe palibe amene anaali ndi magazi abwino woti mkupatsa munthu. Mapeto ake anakatenga achemwali awo kumudzi munthu owonda ngati uyo, nayeso sanapeleke atamuyesa mkuwona kuti magazi alibe okwanila mpaka mwana anamwalira. Tikadya -idya Pizza yu tatiyeni tizikawonako kuchipatala mmene anthu akuvutikila kufuna magazi, zinazi sitingayankhula. Pliz be nice to me, I donate blood.

  2. You donate blood today after some weeks your relatives are admitted at Hospital only to be told kuti Magazi kulibe. Funso Nkumati why did I donate blood

  3. Mutangoti ka tube kamodzi k5000 muone mene muwapezelemo magazi.ife tikupaseni awulele inu kumakagulisa.ndinapeleka koyamba mwati kachiwili uzalandila chipewa,kupeleka ka chiwili mwati nayi t shirt malume.inu ndikumalemela abale anga ndikumavutika kufuna magazi.

  4. Ana A Njoka A Satana Inu Mumatenga Magazi Aulele Then Nkumatigulisaso Tikadwara Magaz Athu Omwe.Azibale Athu Akufa Chifukwa Chosowa Magaz Mulungu Achite Nanu Kwakukulukulu Agalu Inu!

  5. Magazi anga sioseweresa ayi ngat mufuna muzitigula koma muzitenga aulele kenako inu muzikagulisa ndakana timapeleka magazi kupita kuchipatala akuti magazi kulibe kapena akuti ugule

  6. tikamati masewera aja nde amenewa sopano kod munayambila kutenga magazi mumapita nawo kut???pamene anthu ofuna magazi akumwalira takutopelan mwava if so muyambe campany yanu mudzipanga magazi eishhhh!!

  7. Tikupatseni magazi inu muzikagulisa nkumayendera zimagalimoto zopuma, mmm ine ai anthu oipa inu. Ngati zukanika misokho yanga kugwila ntchito kuchipatala akuti mankha kulibe tikagule tokha, nde nkapepeleka magazi ziyenda? magazi ndimoyo nde osapanga zibwana.

  8. Kodi nkhani m’malemba bwanji?? Kukhalanga ngati festive season anthu adzamwa magazi!!!!magazi amafunika nthawi zonse muzipitala nenani kuti zipatala zilibe magazi okwanila,ndipo zikupepha akufuna kwabwino kukapeleka thandizo la magazi,osati festive kkkk aaaaaa

  9. Magazi ndnasiya kupereka kalekale mulibe chilungamo anthu inu. Magazi mumatenga aulele koma kumakagulitsanso. M’bale wanga anamwalira chifukwa tinakanika kugula magazi yet ndakhala ndkupereka magazi kambirimbiri. Ndpo magaziwo mufuna muzitani nawo this festive season? Iyaaaaa

  10. Muzitani nawo mu festive season magaziwo? Kuchita kutsogolera zoipa basi,,ife tikut the Lord Almighty will conquer all any evil things planned by Satan to die