AWI appeals for blood donation

Lilongwe: The Actors Welfare Initiatives (AWI) is appealing to all creatives and non-creatives in the country to join a blood donation activity through the Malawi Blood Transfusion Service (MBTS) scheduled for August 11, 2018 at the Malawi Blood Transfusion Service Centre in Lilongwe as one way of ensuring availability of blood in government hospitals.

AWI is a registered organization which aims at improving the welfare of actors and actresses. The organization wants to make sure that all artists either stage or film creators are well taken care of in all aspects of life either in celebrations or sad moment.

Speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA), AWI Public Relations Officer Philemon Kuipa said the decision has come after noting that there is shortage of blood in government hospitals in the country.

As actors we have a heart of saving other people’s lives and through this activity we hope to complement all government hospitals which are in dire need of blood, Kuipa said.

According to Kuipa, though the decision has been made by AWI, everyone is welcome to join the initiative regardless of one being a creative or not saying they will appreciate for the heart of saving other people’s lives.

We are extending the call to all people who have a helping heart, and believe in saving other people’s lives to join us to increase the impact as the activity has come at the right time when the hospitals are facing shortage of blood, he said.

AWI is anticipating at least 20 creatives to donate their blood during the initial day, but at the end of the week it hopes 50 artists will donate their blood saying the activity is of great importance.

In his remarks, Central Region MBTS Public Relations Officer, Upile Kaimvi said donating blood is a welcome initiative noting that if people come in large numbers to donate the blood it means more lives will be saved in the hospitals.

Blood is a special treatment which is supposed to be readily available in all our hospitals all the year round. We will be happy if more people come to donate blood on the day and anytime from January to December, Kaimvi said.

She further said everyday blood is needed in the hospitals as the absence of it means people dying from blood shortage related ailments. She appealed to those residing outside Lilongwe to visit their nearest Government hospital to donate the blood.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA