Nkhotakota, September 30, Mana: Dwangwa Roundtable 69 on Wednesday took time to collect blood from its volunteers in the community in Nkhotakota to give an example that would encourage people to donate blood to hospitals to alleviate blood shortage in the health facilities.
In an interview, Dwangwa Roundtable 69 Vice-Chairperson, Chamber Nthakomwa, said his organization used several strategies to sensitize and mobilize people to donate blood.
“We saw that Malawi Blood Transfusion Service (MBTS) was in need of blood from various donors, so with the help from Round Table Malawi, we came in to help save lives through ensuring that blood banks are not empty,” he said.
He said his organisation would engage MBTS to jointly plan a similar activity before the end of the year to afford those with passion to donate blood do so.
MBTS Public Relations Officer, Mphatso Bazale, thanked Dwangwa roundtable and Illovo for the activity, saying the exercise was a good form of sensitization and also resulted into the collection of a substantial amount of blood.
He said MBTS’s mandate is to ensure that it is collecting enough and safe blood for all patients in need of it in Malawi.
“There are many accidents happening every day, and pregnant women, children with malaria and people with chronic illnesses need blood,” he said.
One blood donor who also brought with him four of his family members to donate blood, Bonface Nkhwazi, said he thought of taking the action to help those who would need blood.
“If hospitals do not have blood, then it means patients who need it would die and these might be people from all sectors of life and might include relatives.
He said he involved members of his family after noting the demand for blood in the hospitals across the country.
“We have recently witnessed a number of road accidents in this country of which 75 percent need blood.
“And at our Matiki Clinic here in Dwangwa, we receive requests for blood donation every week, so, I thought involving my family would help minimize the problem of blood shortage and save lives,” he said.
Nkhwazi, who said has been a blood donor for some time, appealed to people in the area to take blood donation seriously, saying it helps to save lives of people in need of it.