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Ministry of Health disagrees with social media report indicating shortage of blood bags in healthcare facilities –

By Adama Makasuba

The Ministry of Health dismissed the report circulating on social media about the lack of blood bags in health facilities across the country and called it a false story.

Modou Njai, Director of Health Promotion and Education said that the Ministry of Health “would like to inform the public that a sufficient stock of blood bags is currently available at the central medical stores in Kotu which are distributed to different health facilities through logistics management Efficient and reliable system.

“Health facilities are generally supplied on requisition and this has been respected over the period. The logistics management system detects adequacy or shortages and ensures equitable distribution of supplies across health facilities,” he added.

“The Ministry of Health has 11 blood transfusion centers in which blood transfusion services are provided. These centers offer the public the opportunity to voluntarily donate blood to people who need these services. These centers include: EFSTH, Kanifing Hospital, Bundung Maternal Hospital, Brikama District Hospital, Bwiam General Hospital, Soma District Hospital, Bansang General Hospital, Basse District Hospital, Farafenni General Hospital and Essau District Hospital. In addition, the Sukuta Minor Health Center serves as a blood collection center for onward transmission to the nearest blood transfusion center.

“The Ministry of Health would like to assure the public that efforts will be made to ensure an uninterrupted blood transfusion service, including the availability of blood bags in all blood transfusion centers in the country. Thus, the Ministry would like to point out that blood bags are available in health facilities and that the population is encouraged to donate blood.

“In order to avoid misinformation and rumors regarding the services provided by the Ministry of Health, it would be appreciated if all media houses seek information and clarification before publishing unverified information,” he said. spear.

He therefore urged the general public to always try to call the ministry’s toll-free 1025 number or visit the ministry’s website for more information. The Ministry of Health seeks the support and cooperation of the public in the provision of quality, affordable and accessible health care services throughout the country.

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