Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia Donor Recruitment and Public Relations Supervisor Titus Shivute has said that, as of Tuesday, the country only had three days bloodstock available and that there is a shortage of blood supply at all hospitals and medical centres around the country, despite efforts to rebuild the blood stock after shortages in mid-November. Shivute explained that the December period leading into January is always a difficult time to collect blood as donors are busy preparing for holidays and then start travelling, a fact exascerbated this year by the effect of COVID-19 on the blood donation ecosystem in addition to the many public holidays during the festive season. To counter the crisis, Shivute said there is an urgent need for donations of all blood types to help recuperate blood stock levels for patients across the country.
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