Low blood reserves hit Botswana

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Botswana National Blood Transfusion Services (BNBTS) on Monday made a plea for the nation to alleviate the dire national shortage of blood reserves, ahead of the December festive season.

Statistics indicate that Botswana has been struggling with low blood reserves, with 23,400 units of blood donated in 2020, against the annual demand of 45,000 units of blood.

Indications are that an average of 3,750 units of blood would be required on a monthly basis to sustain national blood demand. The situation has lured one of the oldest suburbs in the country Phakalane Estates to heed national calls to alleviate blood shortage.

The festive period marks a time when the country is in dire need of blood, more than any other time of the year, there are increased numbers of trauma cases which add significantly to the demands on the National blood reserve.

“We therefore not only want our staff and residents to join this movement, but rather all families and communities to collectively make a difference by donating blood and saving lives,” said Subramaniam Parthiban, Group Chief Executive Officer of Phakalane Estates.

Parthiban said that nationwide call by the BNBTS to replenish low blood reserves has been met with increased attention, though actual donations continue to be low.

“It is for this reason that Phakalane Estates found it imperative to partner with the BNBTS and the Botswana Red Cross Society in embarking on this journey with the main objective of helping save lives,” said Parthiban.

He added that donating blood is critical for women in maternity, surgeries, people in accidents and other patients. Enditem

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