Tanzanians have been called upon to engage in blood donation drives across the country, as most medical institutions are facing acute shortage of blood for their patients.
According to Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute (MOI) Spokesperson Patrick Mvungi, said, various hospitals across the country have been facing a challenge of blood donors, and Tanzanians and well-wishers have a responsibility of donating blood.
Mvungi was speaking today during a blood-donation exercise conducted by MOI in partnership with Halotel Tanzania staff.
''To enable MOI to provide efficient services, we need at least 450 pints of blood per month. Unfortunately, we only manage to get 300 units, hence a deficit of 150,'' said Mvungi.
According to Mvungi, approximately 50% of injuries in Dar es Salaam are admitted at the institute, hence a lot of blood is needed to treat such patients.
'' We call upon other companies and Tanzanians in general to be part of these exercises to enable fellow citizens to recover with speed. I appreciate the efforts of Halotel Tanzania for their generous move and we thank them for that,'' he said.
For his part, Halotel Tanzania Head of Communication Department, Mhina Semwenda noted that this is part of the company's corporate social responsibility (CSR) drives and more is still to come.
''We are celebrating two years since we started operating in Tanzania. To do so, we want to appreciate our customers in various ways, among them donating blood,'' he said.
Jointly, some of Halotel Tanzania staff who took part in the exercise, Stella Pius, Jumanne Mohamed, Jumanne Raymond and Fatma Seif, expressed their excitement for being part of this drive, noting that it will go a long way in touching someone's life.