Fiji Time: 12:51 AM on Tuesday 20 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

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."

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 0.65010.6311
JPY 53.241250.2412
GBP 0.35510.3471
EUR 0.40440.3924
NZD 0.69430.6613
AUD 0.64630.6213
USD 0.49840.4814



Exchange Rate updated on 19th, March, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. No desk for this girl
  2. Police appeal to livestock owners
  3. Ammunition case transferred to high court
  4. 'Teach sons respect'
  5. Tuvalu here to learn 7s
  6. Online safety
  7. Staff retention bid
  8. Saneem clarifies counting process
  9. Teachers told to keep abreast of change
  10. Taps run dry after water main bursts

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sims' 100th game Thursday (15 Mar)
  2. Men urged to marry Thursday (15 Mar)
  3. Picking up the pieces Tuesday (13 Mar)
  4. 'Forced to go' Saturday (17 Mar)
  5. Doctors speak out Sunday (18 Mar)
  6. Where are our horses Sunday (18 Mar)
  7. Baravilala's ode to Cessna victims Thursday (15 Mar)
  8. A star in the making Thursday (15 Mar)
  9. 7s hunt Tuesday (13 Mar)
  10. No desk for this girl Monday (19 Mar)