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Impact on blood bank

Shayal Devi
Sunday, March 16, 2014

THE rising number of dengue fever cases has had an impact on the blood supply.

And to assist with the increased need, the Sathya Sai Organisation organised a blood drive yesterday.

Organisation member Karunesh Rao said dengue fever was a killer disease and posed a great danger.

"The increase in dengue cases in Fiji has constrained our already strained blood banks," he said.

"Our blood banks need blood to extract platelets which is then infused into needy dengue patients.

"All our blood banks are in dire need of blood from donors. We need the community's support for this."

Mr Rao said blood donors were always welcomed at their drives in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa.

"We acknowledge, appreciate and commend all our blood donors over the past many years for volunteering to donate blood. They are the real 'life savers'.

"A blood donor must be a non-remunerated volunteer, aged between 16 and 65 years old and weigh more than 50 kilograms, be free from any medication and must refrain from consuming alcohol 24 hours before donating blood.

"Blood donors also need to ensure regular meals have been taken before donating blood. They should also live a healthy and safe life."

The blood drive was held at the ANZ carpark in Sigatoka from 9am to 4pm.





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