The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) is struggling to meet its usual buffer stock of 170 units of blood per day, as organisations did not commit to hosting any blood drives during the course of last week.
This is according to National Blood Donor Manager of the blood bank, Shameeza Mangal, who told Kaieteur News yesterday that while the buffer stock is improving on a daily basis, the NBTS still needs to replenish the blood that it gives out to the various hospitals.
In this regard, she added that for the new week, the entity will focus all of its energy on getting organizations to come on board and host blood drives.
Mangal also commended the voluntary donors for assisting the NBTS in its time of need.
She reiterated that blood cannot be manufactured, and as such she stressed the importance of persons donating.
At this time also, the Ministry of Health is in the process of eliminating the family donor replacement program, as Health Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy had noted that he does not want persons to be traumatised because their relatives need blood and they (the family) have to be responsible for finding donors.
Dr. Ramsammy had also announced that the blood buffer stock is expected to increase to 200 units per day as services are expanding within the health sector.
Minister Ramsammy had predicted that by 2012, 12,000 units of blood maybe needed. This prediction he noted might very well become a reality before 2012.
“The demand for this important life saving product has grown faster than my predictions. So our 2012 needs have been reached now… we have need for that now…but our capacity to supply that is not there yet,” the Health Minister had explained
To this effect, this newspaper understands that approximately 90% of the blood collected at the blood bank goes to the GPHC, as more complicated surgeries are conducted at that medical facility.
Additionally, private health institutions are also supplied with blood from the NBTS.
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