Over twenty four members of staff for Sky Band Corporations took part in a blood donation exercise at their Blantyre offices today.
The company’s Administrations Manager Mercy Kaphale said the company took it as a social responsibility to help those in need of blood in the country’s hospitals.
Said Kaphale: “After receiving several calls from the Malawi Blood Transfusion Services (MBTS) we felt the need to take part, for we know we need health customers and this exercise will surely ensure that.
“I am so pleased with the number that turned up for the excises and we promise to continue with the trend to ensure that our hospitals have enough blood for those in need.”
One of the members of staff, Titus Thombozi, who works as an electrical Engineer, said he felt compelled to take part in the exercise as he takes pride in saving lives.
“I am a regular donor, this is my sixth time. I had a relative who was very sick in a hospital and desperately needed blood but the hospital had no blood in its bank. I rushed there donated my blood and he survived, that’s when I began to appreciate the value of blood donation,” explained Thombozi.
Thombozi also promised to continue taking good care of himself so that he continues donating blood to save many lives.
Public Relations Officer for MBTS Allen Kaombe said the organisation was delighted to note that many companies were coming forward to donate blood.
He called on other stakeholders, companies and individuals to come forward and support MBTS’ initiatives so that the country meets the required blood demand.
“The country requires over 80 000 units of blood but we are only able to provide 63 percent of that which is about 50 000 units. I believe as the country we can do more and even beat the target,” said Kaombe.