PMGH blood bank needs donors

Financial constraints continue to be a major challenge for the Port Moresby General Hospital Blood Bank in its efforts to step up strategies to attract more donors.

Despite the countless desperate pleas from the hospital for voluntary and regular blood donors from the public, blood donation is at critically low levels.

Nurse manager of the blood bank, Sister Damaris Penias, shared this concern with this newsroom.

Sr Damaris said the hospital needs approximately 60 blood bags per day and around 350 bags in a week.

The biggest donor partners are schools and the business community but the blood bank has noted that participation of schools is slowly decreasing.

Despite the lack of donors and less than the required number of blood bags collected, the country’s main referral hospital still manages to sustain its operations and quality patient care.

However, that doesn’t change the fact that the blood bank is in dire need of regular donation.

Blood donations help women with complications in pregnancy, children suffering from anaemia and people with severe pain following accidents and surgeries.

Sr Damaris said one blood bag can save up to 3 lives.

She said donating blood also enables them to know their blood type and health status.

The Port Moresby General Hospital Blood Bank is appealing to the general public to register to become a regular donor every 3 months.

Carolyn Ure