by Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV News, Port Moresby
The low rate of blood donations in the country is irking health professionals.
Deputy Chairman of Pacific International Hospital, Dr Mathias Sapuri says, there is high demand for blood in hospitals, but supply is low.
He urged all Papua New Guinean’s to make time and donate blood, which could save someone’s life.
Dr Sapuri says, as more surgery and other operations are conducted, patients need constant blood supply.
The Health Department is now tasked with a greater responsibility to raise awareness with stakeholders to promote and retain regular blood donations in the country.
Earlier this week, Deputy Health Secretary Dr Paison Dakulala said blood donations have always been a problem in the country.
PNG will join other nations to celebrate World Blood Donor Day on June 14th with more awareness, cooperation and participation to promote blood drives in the country.
Papua New Guinea is a member of the World Health Assembly, at which a treaty was signed in Melbourne in 2010, but more effort is needed to help improve voluntary blood donations.