Fiji Time: 5:06 PM on Thursday 26 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

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.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62630.6073
JPY 58.360055.3600
GBP 0.31090.3029
EUR 0.44330.4313
NZD 0.72260.6896
AUD 0.65270.6277
USD 0.47310.4561



Exchange Rate updated on 26th November 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Torture suspects known to police
  2. Sex assault claim
  3. 'Stay clear', mariners told
  4. Ryder's 7 for Bua tournament
  5. Minister's plea for help
  6. The voice of the islands in Paris
  7. Fiji teams presents i tatau
  8. No restriction to harbour entry
  9. Founders honoured
  10. Corruption awareness

Top Stories this Week

  1. Left for dead Wednesday (25 Nov)
  2. Exit 'reason' Friday (20 Nov)
  3. MV Suilven sinks Wednesday (25 Nov)
  4. Village headman arrested Friday (20 Nov)
  5. 8 years for raping man Tuesday (24 Nov)
  6. MV Suilven sinks in Suva Harbour Tuesday (24 Nov)
  7. Minister defends PM's trip Friday (20 Nov)
  8. Friend indeed Monday (23 Nov)
  9. Sevens hurdle Tuesday (24 Nov)
  10. 'Racial slur' Sunday (22 Nov)