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Blood Donor Death An Isolated Incident – MoH

INNOCENT SELATLHWA
Ministry of Health Permanent Secretory Dr Shenaz El Halabi.PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has pleaded with the nation not to be scared of donating blood after a form three student of Mannathoko Community Junior Secondary School in Serowe lost his life after donating blood.

The MoH permanent secretary, Sheenaz El- Halabi confirmed the incident and said it was an isolated incident. She stated that the ministry could not be held liable for the loss. She said they are waiting for post-mortem results to ascertain the cause of death.

“The 17-year-old boy came to donate blood at our facility in Serowe whereupon tests were conducted prior to the donation and he passed. An abnormality was realised during the collection of blood and we stopped after collecting 300 ml to the target of 450 ml,” El- Halabi said. She said the student was then given a drink and biscuits, which is a norm after blood donation. She said they have since been told that he then went on to play football after the donation.

The ministry said the boy was not a first time donor. El- Halabi said the boy donated in February this year. She said the waiting period before the next donation is three

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months for males and four months for females. She further said before any donation, they ascertain if one suffers from any chronic illness and the boy was fine. She said the boy had also eaten prior to the donation and advised against undertaking any vigorous activities after donation. El- Halabi said the boy was within the age bracket (16- 65) and weight bracket (above 55kg).

She said the incident was the first of its kind and called on Batswana not to shy away from donating blood, as there is a need in Botswana. “Students are our largest donor community, they also have healthy blood which we need to save lives. We would like to call on people not to shy away from donating blood as we have measures in place to ensure that we draw blood from only those who are healthy,” she said. She further called on people to follow instructions given by health authorities.



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