By Mike Gwadani
Malawi Blood Transfusion Service (MBTS) has appealed to the general public and blood donors to donate blood after the COVID-19 pandemic has caused low blood supplies to the hospitals.
In a statement MBTS says the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of many blood donation drives for people to come and donate blood to save lives of patients, reads part of the statement,
People are advised to visit MBTS spaces to donate blood.
“People can visit our centres in Blantyre, next Catholic to Institute (CI), Lilongwe at Kamuzu Central Hospital round about, Mzuzu next to Mzuzu Health Centre close to Shoprite and Balaka along Toleza Road” reads the statement.
The statement further says to be eligible to donate blood, one must being on good health, aged 16-65years, feeling well.
“Blood donors and the general public are therefore encourage to visit the centres or can schedule an appointment to donate blood.”
It further says MBTS has put in places safety measures for members of staff, blood donors and other stakeholders visits its premises.
World Health Organization has said that COVID-19 does not pose additional risk to blood donors for the mere fact of being blood donors, either during the donation processor from attending organized blood donation drives.