Mzuzu Lions Club (MLC) last Saturday conducted a blood donation exercise to raise the life-saving commodity which is in short supply in hospitals across the country.
Malawi Blood Transfusion Service (MBTS) revelation that public hospitals have less than the 120 000 units of blood required is less than that is what prompted the exercise.
During the day-long exercise held with support from Ecobank, Evic Printing and Shoprite, MLC collected 30 units of blood against the 150 units target.
In an interview on the sidelines of the exercise, MLC president Mphatso Nyamera said the club will continue organising such events until it meets the target.
“We are committed to help MBTS realise the required amount of blood in our hospitals. Clearly, this is an important cause that one should participate in to save lives of people who need blood in hospitals across the country,” he said.
While thanking MLC for the gesture, MBTS clinic nurse ChimwemweNchacha appealed to the public to partake in donating blood so that no one should lose life due to blood scarcity.
“With one unit of blood, you can save a life. So, no matter how little is the blood that one donates, but it will go a long way in saving lives. Meanwhile, we are still in need of blood in our health facilities,” he said.