Hospital urges more people to give blood


Dr MichelConsultant gynaecologist and obstetrician Dr Robert Michel said lack of blood supply has been an ongoing problem for the hospital over the years but has increased now due to the rapid pace of development.

“As we can see there has been a lot of construction works – as an example – which has led to an increase in the number of accidents whereby the victims require blood transfusions,” he said.

Dr Michel also explained that despite the usual number of regular or permanent donors, more accidents or circumstances are happening which places a higher demand on blood as a means to save lives.

He noted that at the moment the hospital has great demand for A and O negative blood type groups and is appealing to anybody who fits the criteria or qualifies for donating blood in general to help out.

Dr Michel said although not everyone donating blood may be of A and O negative blood type, any amount given to help fill up the blood bank is greatly appreciated by the hospital and families of those who need help.

The blood bank at the Seychelles Hospital is in need of a boost“We have carried out outreach programmes in the past where we have visited different institutions and have been able to acquire blood but it is still not enough,” he said, adding that is why the need for more people to come forward.

“In the end, all doctors want what is best for their patients and it makes me sad that we cannot cater to everybody’s needs due to a lack of blood in the blood bank,” he said.

He also noted that even though a huge crowd could turn up to give blood, only a few would actually qualify for it due to strict criteria imposed on the process.

At the moment, requirements for donating blood include a period of four months between donations (for women) and three months for men, no existing health conditions like anaemia, low haemoglobin, hypertension, heart problems and diabetes, to name a few, as well as being back in the country for at least six months after travelling and being between the ages of 18 to 60.