These figures were released on Monday 14th June at the celebration of World Blood Donor Day held in Ruhango district at national level.
Ruhango is among top districts of Southern Province where a large number of blood units were collected.
This year’s World Blood Donor Day was marked under the theme ‘Give blood and keep the world beating’.
The mayor of Ruhango district, Valens Habarurema urged residents to continue supporting the good cause to save people’s lives.
“We are excited to see the World Blood Donor Day celebrated in Ruhango district at national level. It is not by coincidence but rather a result of residents’ generosity and commitment to donate blood. We should strive to do more,” he noted.
Dr. Swaibu Gatare, the Head of Biomedical Service department at Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) urged Rwandans not to lend ears to rumours about blood donation exercise.
“Some people spread rumours that donating blood once results into health complications like blood pressure among others. It is untrue,” he noted.
Dr. Gatare demystified such rumours adding that a blood donor recovers donated blood within 24 hours.
Benoit Munyemana, a resident who has donated blood 76 times emphasized the need to participate in the exercise to save lives and encouraged people to follow the suit.
“I am convinced that donating blood is a kind act to save lives of people in critical condition. Everyone should donate blood willingly because it has a far-reaching impact to the community,” he enthused.
A total of 203 blood units were donated in Ruhango district at the celebration of World Blood Donor Day.
According to the 2020 annual report of the Blood Transfusion Department of RBC, Rwanda needs approximately 288 blood component units every day. Most transfusion cases are due to Malaria, pregnancies and birth complication cases and cancer cases followed by road accidents.
The demand for blood components from health facilities were 100,935 units in 2020. Of these, RBC supplied 93,993 units which is 93.12 % hospital satisfaction.
World Blood Donor Day, an initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO), is observed every year on June 14. This day is celebrated to spread awareness about the significance of blood donation and to recognize the contribution of voluntary unpaid blood donors in saving lives.
The first World Blood Donor Day was observed by WHO in 2004 and was declared as an annual global event in the 58th World Health Assembly in 2005. The day is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Austrian biologist and physician, Karl Landsteiner. He is considered to be the founder of modern blood transfusion.