Blood drive a success

29 October 2018 | Society

A total of 92 Bank Windhoek employees and customers donated blood at the bank’s third round of blood donation clinics held in the capital.

When asked why the donors supported the initiative, most said that they understood the dire need for blood in Namibia, especially during the upcoming festive season.

Altogether 244 donations were made at the bank’s three blood donation clinics this year – potentially saving 732 lives. Twenty-three new donors were recruited at these clinics.

“We have also started promoting platelet donation which helps bone marrow transplant, cancer and leukaemia patients,” said Bank Windhoek’s corporate wellness consultant, Marjolize Scholtz. “As a result, we had five successful platelet and plasma donations, potentially saving another ten lives. Our target is to save a thousand lives this year and I am confident that we will reach it with our last clinic in December.”

A recent Namibia Blood Transfusion Services (NAMBTS) report indicated that on average most donors donate once or twice a year and if this is increased to six times, NAMBTS would have no blood shortages for the country.

Currently only 0.9% of Namibians donate blood, while Namibia requires more than 2 800 units of blood every month.

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