Monday, November 11, 2013

Major drive to restore blood in PNG hospitals

A MAJOR blood donation drive is underway to restock the blood banks in hospitals.
The Port Moresby General Hospital and the National Blood Transfusion Services began a drive yesterday for business houses. It will end on the first week of December. 
Bank South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ), Air Niugini, Airlines PNG and Deloittes are the sponsors.   
The drive aims to collect 80 to 100 bags per day from the staff of companies.
Hospital chief executive officer Grant Muddle said the hospital used about 40 to 50 bags of blood each day. It sends its mobile units to organisations to collect blood.
“We always run short of blood because we don’t only supply the hospital but other clinics as well,” he said. 
Lynda Babao, wife of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, launched the drive by donating blood yesterday.
“Blood shortage is a problem in the country. I am donating blood because I believe it will save a life,” she said. “To the corporate companies, donating blood is the simplest donation one could give back to the community.”