The Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NAMBTS) reported on Wednesday that the southern African country saw blood donations down by 50 percent due to lockdown against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Namibia is experiencing a critical shortage of blood. The recent partial lockdown has caused many blood donation clinics to close countrywide and this is leading to a drop of the number of donations,” Titus Shivute, the educational officer of the agency said in a statement.
Shivute said the blood type most needed are the blood type 0 positive and negative.
“We have done some research as to why many people are not donating blood anymore and it indicates that most Namibian people are scared to donate blood because they think that the coronavirus will be in their blood,” the NAMBTS official said.
“We would advise the public that this information is wrong” and urge them to donate, Shivute noted.
Shivute added that in Namibia, women in labour and cancer patients are major users of the donated blood. Enditem