ANGAU Memorial Hospital in Lae needs urgent blood donations because it has nil stock of all blood types.
It is appealing to blood donors in Morobe to donate and avoid a blood crisis at the nation’s second largest hospital, which will have dire consequences on life saving surgery and operations.
Angau is also a major referral hospital for the Highlands, Momase and New Guinea Islands region.
This was revealed by the Blood Bank Unit assistant manager James Mark who told Post-Courier that the hospital’s blood bank unit ran low on blood since late December as the supplies collected last year were all used up.
Mr Mark said blood is a necessity for all operations conducted on patients and being faced with blood shortage, many operations will be halted.
“Since yesterday there is nil stock of all blood types and nothing in stock to supply to patients so we consider emergency cases to use whatever little we collected from faithful blood donors.
“Operations that required blood supply such as chemotherapy is prolonged but blood is given during emergency cases whereas for other patients, they are requested to ask their relatives to donate.
“We are at a critical stage now and appeal for volunteers to come to Angau blood bank unit and donate blood because the blood that is given saves another life,” Mr Mark said.
He said that currently there are usually an average of ten blood donors donating blood on a weekly basis and during screening process, almost 90 per cent are excluded due to contamination and other reasons.
Thus, Mr Mark appealed for volunteer donors between 30-40 per week so when contaminated blood collected is removed, there is still enough blood left for patients to use.
“We collected sufficient blood from students attending secondary and tertiary institutions and while awaiting to begin the mobile blood bank services this year, we kindly appeal for business houses and the general public to come forward and replenish our blood stock as your blood could save a life,” he said.
Meanwhile, hospital Chief Executive Officer Christopher Kenyhercz said the blood bank unit will do the best they can to replace and restock the blood supply. Post Courier