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Blood Donors Celebrated

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has extended gratitude to voluntary blood donors for donating to patients suffering from life-threatening conditions. The Ministry’s Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary Mr Botsang John extended gratitude to the students and organisations for taking the lead in blood donation collection activities to save lives of many people. He emphasised the importance of donating saying blood is an important resource both for planned treatments and urgent interventions and thanked the donors for contributing to the growth of the National Blood Transfusion Service. He said the supply of adequate blood was a challenge for blood services in the world and Botswana is no exception.

He continued to say that blood donation can help save lives of patients suffering from life-threatening conditions as well as support complex medical and surgical procedures. “Blood is also vital in treating the wounded during emergencies of all kinds and has an essential life-saving role in maternal and perinatal care,” he reiterated. Mr John also revealed that the ministry has decentralised blood collection to health districts with centres established in four villages being Mahalapye, Molepolole, Maun and Serowe. He also indicated that over the past ten years the HIV prevalence in donated blood has decreased significantly from 7.7% in 2006 to 1.1% in 2016 noting thatit is a clear indication of a rigorous donor selection system. “The continued decline of HIV in donated blood is due to good recruitment strategies and proper selection of donors.” he said.

For her part Senior Medical Officer at Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital Dr. Nthabiseng Machacha, blood plays a pivotal role in patient management since it can help patients suffering from life threatening conditions live longer with a higher quality of life, supports complex medical and surgical procedures. He said that blood is used in treatment of the wounded during emergencies of all kinds and also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and perinatal care. Read more...



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