“The National Blood Transfusion Center (CNTS) currently has 3,000 bags of blood“, Confides its director, Dr Khadija Lahjouji.
“This stock makes it possible to cover the needs of 3 to 4 days of consumption. However, it remains far from the 7 days of safety recommended by the World Health Organization. It must be said that this recommendation has not been made in Morocco since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The situation of reserves depends on the frequency of donations, but also on the size of the urban area. The big cities, where consumption is high, remain the most affected by the shortage, unlike the small towns which, for their part, manage to get by.
“In Casablanca, for example, where the need is 400 donors per day, i.e. 400 bags of blood daily, the blood supply barely covers the need for a single day. This means that the blood collected is directly qualified at the laboratory level, to be sent to patients the same day. The situation in the metropolis is therefore critical, especially as it has many hospitals, clinics and care centers and as it welcomes patients from surrounding municipalities and other small towns.
According to the director of the CNTS, this drop in reserves can be explained by two factors: “The elections and the postponement of the start of the school year”.
“We regularly have critical periods and this is one of them. Citizens never think of donating blood when they are concerned about other events, ”says Dr Lahjouji.
Vaccination is not a contraindication to donating blood
“In the current context, marked by the national anti-Covid vaccination campaign and by the administration of the 3rd dose, citizens are a little reluctant to donate blood after vaccination.
To ensure eligibility for blood donation after vaccination, the CNTS regularly benchmarks recommendations from high institutions at the international level to guide its regional centers.
In a note (facsimile below) sent to them recently, the national center indicates that the blood donation can be done 7 days after any dose of the anti-Covid vaccine and any vaccine administered in Morocco, namely AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Janssen or Sinopharm.
If a citizen suffers from some effects unwanted after the injection of the vaccine, he will only be able to donate blood 7 days after these symptoms resolve completely.
Donations can be made in the 18 regional centers and their mobile units
In this critical period, Dr Lahjouji calls on all citizens, aged 18 to 65, to donate blood in the 18 regional centers under the National Blood Transfusion Center, or at their mobile units.
“Our current policy is to bring the service closer to the citizen, by multiplying the collection centers and by creating more mobile units and donation houses. “
In order to reassure donors, our source informs us that “during the donation, each person is the subject of a medical consultation. In each center we have a doctor who decides on the donor’s suitability to donate blood. If the latter presents temporary contraindications, such as fever or the taking of certain drugs, the donation is postponed. In the event of definitive contraindications, the donation cannot be made ”, specifies Dr Lahjouji.
Note sent by the CNTS to the regional blood transfusion centers
October 14, 2021 at 11:07 am
Edited October 14, 2021 at 3:54 p.m.