THE Health Ministry has renewed its call to members of the public to donate blood and save lives.
The call comes ahead of the arrival of surgeons this weekend to carry out heart, brain and orthopaedic surgeries.
The heart and brain surgeries will be done at the CWM Hospital in Suva while orthopaedic surgeries will be conducted at the Lautoka Hospital.
Fiji National Blood Service co-ordinator Josefa Bolaqace urged all healthy Fijians to think about the less fortunate admitted in hospitals.
"In order to keep our national blood stock at a safe level to supply all hospitals in Fiji, we need the equivalent of 50 blood donors every single day," Mr Bolaqace said.
"Blood is made up of different components — red cells, plasma and platelets, so each donation of blood can be used for three different patients.
"By giving blood, our donors are not only helping save the lives of individuals but they are contributing to a healthier Fiji."
Health Ministry spokesman Shalvin Deo said the general blood stocks were normal but there was a need to replenish supply.
"The surgeons from Sahyadri Hospital in India will be arriving on October 13 and they are expected to start surgeries from next Monday," he said.
"The different teams will perform ortho surgery in Lautoka and heart and brain surgeries at the CWM Hospital.
"As such, we need sufficient blood stock for the surgeries that will be performed by the visiting surgeons for two weeks."
Mr Deo also said several people had called the ministry and offered to donate the rare Rh negative blood.
Last week, the ministry said it was hunting for the rare blood, which was not found in Fijians but only in those of European descent.
"We applaud The Fiji Times for highlighting the issue because it resulted in a lot of people calling us up and offering to donate the rare blood," Mr Deo said.
"We are now listing their names on our database and should the need arise for Rh negative blood, then we can always contact them for donations."