A Total of 50 volunteers from Tanzania Red Cross, Mzizima Branch in Dar es Salaam have donated safe blood to the National Blood Transfusions Services (NBTS) Eastern zone which will be stored in its bank and used across the country whenever needed.
The Head of Recruitment Department of NBTS Eastern zone Lucas Michael told The Guardian over the weekend that the blood will be used to support patients all over the country to receive treatment in various hospitals working with NBTS in the country.
A total of 15 units of blood were collected during the exercise conducted near Amana Hospital.
He said all people were screened for diseases before donating the blood, with the findings shows that 90% of the blood was safe.
He said the demand for blood is still higher than supply in all 64 hospitals to which they normally supply blood to treat patients.
He urged people to donate blood to beef up supplies in order to save lives of patients in critical need.
“Let us donate blood because there is no miracle of modern medicine that can help our patients who need blood transfusion if blood is not available,” he noted.
He said safe blood can be used to treat patients with chronic anaemia associated with sickle cell disease, thalassemia, aplastic anemia, leukemia, cancer or to control bleeding in patients with leukemia, cancer, or those who have had surgery.
Blood can also be used for patients with a variety of bleeding disorders, serious hereditary infections or acquired abnormalities of white blood cells.
“The blood they give us is never wasted; it is always used to treat patients who are under medical treatment and in research programmes,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dr Sufian Juma, Chairman for Mzizima Branch encouraged Tanzanians to continue donating blood to save other people's lives.
He also called on NBTS to increase public awareness on the importance of blood donation so that the bank can have enough blood for patients.