Blood donor recruiter, from the National Blood Transfusion Services, Eastern Zone Fatuma Mjungu made the appeal yesterday at the blood donation exercise organized by the Aga Khan Hospital and involved different jogging clubs from the three Municipals held at Chamazi in Temeke Municipal Council.
According to her, donating enough blood would help overcome shortage of blood in the country. Annual blood demand ranges between 500,000 and 550,000 units.
She said that last year, the blood bank collected only 370,000 units of blood adding that this year the target is to collect 450,000 units.
“Our National Blood transfusion service plays a big role to ensure it collects and stores enough units of blood to help patients suffering from a number of diseases like cancer. Also mothers and children and accidents casualties, and therefore, I call on the society to volunteer donating blood to reduce unnecessary deaths” she said.
Family Physician at the Aga Khan Hospital, Dr Nakiganda Mkasa said that the society should adhere to regular physical exercise to make them free from Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
Dr Mkasa said that the number of patients demanding blood has doubled especially in the Eastern zone.
“Youths have great contribution by donating blood to the patients in need of it especially during emergencies and to those suffering from NCDs,” she said.
Olayce Lotha, senior manager, marketing and communication at Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam said that regular medical checkup is very important to help detect and treat diseases on time.
Lotha said physical exercises help to improve body and mental health as well as preventing NCDs which are reported to kill hundreds of people in Africa.
“Apart from physical exercise, we also emphasize youths to volunteer donating blood to overcome the shortage of blood in hospitals and health centres across the country,” he said.
He added that prevention was a better way than cure, noting that it was the right time for the public to join body exercise groups.