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Blood bank ready

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Thursday, May 22, 2014

THE Fiji National Blood Services says it is ready to cater for the Fiji public should any new virus breaks out in the country again.

The assurance from co-ordinator Josefa Bolaqace follows the advice of the Health Ministry last week that there was a possibility of two new mosquito-borne viruses, chikungunya and zika, coming into the country.

"We were able to get the number of donors that we would like to get at the recent dengue fever outbreak and we were able to prepare platelets that were normally needed by our dengue fever patients," Mr Bolaqace said.

"We managed to meet the demands from our clinical hospitals, we are so fortunate to have gone past that.

"Should any new virus come into the country we are ready to meet the demands of the growing public.

"Our role as the national blood bank is to maintain our stock, we know the demand, if these two viruses come and they require blood, this is where blood service comes in.

"We might need the support of the community because they are the only ones who will give us the blood."

Yesterday, the national blood bank received a timely donation of biscuits from Flour Mills of Fiji Ltd.

Mr Bolaqace said the service had worked tirelessly to keep the blood banks filled and encouraged timely blood donations from people as this would contribute towards saving many lives.

"We would love more people to become voluntary blood donors.

"These biscuits will be given out to blood donors throughout the country."


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