NBTC appeals to public to donate blood as reserves run low

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As the national blood reserves are rapidly depleting with the prevailing outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19), the National Blood Transfusion Centre (NBTC) has appealed to the general public to donate blood.

A special hotline – 0115 332153 – has been introduced for donors to avoid overcrowding at the National Blood Centre during blood donation. Blood donors can also contact the blood bank at Apeksha Hospital in Maharagama: 0112 849 525.

Accordingly, donors can call aforementioned hotlines to make an appointment to donate blood.

The NBTC has noted that any individual who
• Had symptoms like fever, cough and respiratory difficulties during past one month
• Has a family member currently having fever, cough and respiratory difficulties
• Had close contact with a person who travelled overseas during past one month
• Had travelled overseas during past three months, are advised not to donate blood.