WINDHOEK: The Namibia Blood Transfusion Services (NAMBTS) today announced that the national blood supply is under severe pressure after the recent school holidays.
‘An absence of donors during the school break, and an increase in those suffering from common winter viruses has contributed to the now low three-day stock,’ clinic planner at NAMBTS, Wendy Willemse said in a media statement issued today.
She called on donors to visit fixed donor sites, and assist the centre in boosting the blood supply.
The basic criteria to become a blood donor is that interested individuals should be 16 to 65 years of age; weigh more than 50 kilogrammes; enjoy general good health; practice a safe lifestyle; and be committed to helping others.
Mobile collection teams go out on a daily basis to collect blood across Namibia, keeping travelling distances and logistics in mind.
In Windhoek, donors have access to fixed donor centres at the United House clinic in Independence Avenue, and at 35 Tal Street near the Namibia Traffic Information Systems’ (NaTIS) offices.