South Sudanese responding to blood donation
By Nema Juma
The number of South Sudanese donating blood is gradually increasing, said the South Sudan Red Cross Blood Donor Recruitment Officer, Moni Tabitha.
She revealed this during the blood donation exercise organised by the NGOs Forum in collaboration with the Ministry of Health yesterday in Juba.
Speaking during the event, Tabitha said that in the previous blood donation campaigns, few number of South Sudanese turned up but she said the number is now increasing.
“The national blood transmission will be targeted in three areas -Wau, Torit and Juba because Wau is the regional blood bank, most of the people from other states normally go there,” Tabitha said.
She added that donating blood is voluntary, and it is not advisable for women who are breastfeeding and pregnant mothers to donate blood.
Liotile Putsoa the Communication Advisor of South Sudan NGOs Forum said the blood donation campaign was organized in order to collect enough blood to save lives of people in need of blood.
“We know there is constant need of receiving blood donation like mothers giving birth, children, and car accidents at the roadsides and those wounded soldiers at the frontline,” she said.
However, Benjamin Mijok Muu, one of the donors said he was happy to donate blood. He encouraged people not to fear blood donation.
“Let’s save lives together because our mothers and wives are giving birth. They need blood and those who are getting involved in the car accidents as well as children,” Majok said.