UN staff in Chad launch blood donation campaign

UN staff working in Chad launched a blood donation campaign on Thursday in capital N'Djamena ahead of the United Nations Day to be celebrated on Oct. 24.

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There are more than 140 UN staff in Chad who came to the clinic run by the institution

The representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Chad, Jean-Marie Viany Yameogo, lamented the lack of culture to donate blood voluntarily by Africans. He urged to advocate mobilization campaigns to make people understand the meaning of blood donation.

“In Africa, the demand for blood transfusion and blood product is very strong and domestic medical agencies are faced with finding enough blood,” said Yameogo.

Hospitals of Chad lack enough blood. Yameogo said the demand of the precious liquid is much higher than supply and blood centers must meet the double challenges of providing hospitals with sufficient blood while ensuring its quality and safety.

Chadina National Blood Transfusion Center was created in 1972. Today, the rate of voluntary donation is only 14 percent for N’Djamena, and 5 percent for the whole country. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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