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Outbreak prompts for more blood supply

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

THE dengue fever outbreak has prompted the need for more blood donations.

National blood bank co-ordinator Josefa Bolaqace said the outbreak had resulted in the use of more blood products by doctors to treat patients.

"To tackle dengue, doctors need platelets — platelet is a blood product," Mr Bolaqace said.

He said the severity of the dengue fever cases in the Central Division was putting a lot of pressure on the blood bank.

"The population is more intense here and got a lot of people coming in at CWMH."

He said if five people had dengue fever, about two would require platelets or other blood products.

Mr Bolaqace said while the blood bank was meeting demands at this stage, blood supply would be affected if the outbreak worsened.

"For us at blood services, what we normally try is maintaining our stock so it's not really that dengue is alerting us to have more blood.

"We are trying to bring the stock level up."

He said the blood bank needed 50 pints of blood daily but only few people were coming forward to give blood.

He urged members of the public to come forward to give blood.


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