4 January 2013

Namibia: Blood Shortage Crisis Hits Namibia

The Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia says they are currently in a crisis due to a shortage of all blood groups.

Wendy Willemse, the clinic planner at the blood transfusion services told The Namibian for the organisation to be on the safe side, they usually need blood stock of nine days.

However, at the moment she said they only have stock of two days.

According to her, the shortage of blood has been fueled by holidays were by donors were focused on their vacations and traveling out of towns.

"As a result the turn out has been very low," she said.

Willemse said that, due to the high accident rates over the past months and the high demand of blood has also resulted in the situation they are in.

The Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund of Namibia recently reported that a total of 5 289 people were injured in road accidents during the period between January and December 2012.

476 of these injuries were recorded during the festive season from 01-26 December 2012.

The clinic planner said the healthcare organisation is calling upon existing and potential blood donors to visit their various centres.

The organisation has began their campaign to collect blood and today they will be at Tal Street, United House Centre, Maerua Mall in Windhoek.

Donors at the coast can visit organisation at Swakopmund Shoprite.

Over the past years, there have been a shortage of the type 'O' blood, especially at the beginning of the year.

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