"0 donor" on Morocco match days at the World Cup

On the day of Morocco’s World Cup matches, “there were 0 donors” of blood at the Kingdom’s transfusion centers, said Najia Amraoui, director of the National Center for Blood Transfusion and Hematology (CNTSH). On the occasion of National Blood Donation Day which celebrates donors, the head of the CNTSH returns for MoroccoLatestNews to the situation in Morocco and the importance of making this donation at least twice a year.

“Today for us is to thank donors nationwide. We have 350,000 donors per year, which represents 0.86% of donors in relation to the number of inhabitants,” said Najia Amraoui, emphasizing the objective almost achieved, that is to say that set by the World Organization of Health (WHO) which recommends having at least 1% of donors.

Before the covid-19 pandemic, in December 2019, Morocco had managed to approach this minimum set by the WHO by reaching 0.99%, while the demand for blood remains fixed in the country.

“We need more than 1,000 blood bags per day, the needs are different from one region to another depending on the population concentration, the number of hospitals and clinics and where the University Hospital Centers (CHU) are located. like Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech,” explained the official.

At the level of regional transfusion centers, a well-established strategy has been in place for several years now to manage blood needs according to demand in all regions of Morocco.

Gymnastics that are often difficult to do, especially in times of “shortage” and because of the storage limit for blood products: Red blood cells are kept for 42 days, while platelets perish in just 5 days.

Every day, we have a goal to achieve in terms of blood donations,” affirmed the director of the national blood transfusion center, noting that the days of matches of Morocco in the World Cup, “There were 0 donors, and that’s serious”.

While requests for blood donation are increasing among individuals on social networks, a large part of citizens forget that it is necessary to give throughout the year.

“Anyone can need blood overnight, and we have to think about the common good of our society and be responsible” so that no one is faced with a situation of lack of blood, added our interlocutor.

On this subject, Najia Amraoui points out that women can donate blood every 3 months and men every 2 months.“What we are asking is just that the 350,000 people who donate blood once a year, that they do so twice and we will have exceeded the minimum of 1%”.

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