Mauritius: Mauritians urged to donate blood regularly

Pamplemousses, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritians have been urged to demonstrate their love for mankind by regularly donating blood to the needy, as "there is no substitute for blood".

Stating this Tuesday at the inauguration of a "third thalassemia day care" ward at the Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National Hospital in Pamplemousses, northern Mauritius, the Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Minister, Mr. Anil Gayan, said the gesture is "our way of showing our showing generosity and love for mankind."

The Minister said regular blood transfusion causes an accumulation of iron in the body which, if left unaddressed, can lead to serious consequences and sometimes to death.

He underscored that Mauritius is one of the rare countries where iron-chelating drugs for the treatment of iron overload are made available to all patients attending hospitals and that there are about 200 patients who require such regular blood transfusion.

The third thalassemia day care ward, a joint project of the Health and Quality of Life MInistry and the Thalassemia Society of Mauritius, is to provide a suitable environment whereby patients requiring regular blood transfusion/blood components are not exposed to cross infections.

The Ward is opened to thalassemia, haemophilia, leukaemia and sickle cell patients requiring day care blood transfusions and blood components.

Thalassaemia is a blood related genetic disorder which involves the absence of, or errors in, genes. Blood donations are critically important for thalassaemia patients since they depend on regular blood transfusions in order to live and function normally.

Doctors say that with appropriate clinical management and health care, patients with thalassaemia can lead a near–normal life.

Mauritian hospitals need about 125 pints of blood daily.
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22 septembre 2015 12:49:30

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