EFSTH nurses launch online appeal for blood bags

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

In a video trending on Facebook last week, two nurses at Gambia’s main referral hospital, Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in the capital, Banjul, have been seen appealing to the international community to help save lives by helping the hospital with blood bags which they said was in scarcity at the hospital.

The two nurses appealed in the video saying, “we have an emergency appeal here because something has come up that requires emergency appeal. There are no blood bags here; they are finished.”

Last week, media reports indicated that the need for blood bags at the hospital has reached an emergency point while some number of them was imported from neighbouring Senegal.

One of the nurses, a man who appears to be Syrian said some blood bags were imported from Senegal, saying each bag cost 1.50 pound. “We have purchased one thousand bags and they will be arriving on Tuesday, but I ask all you people around the world to come and help.”

The Gambian nurse, who was heard being called Awa in the video also appealed to the world to intervene and assist to save lives at the country’s major referral hospital, saying “we are out of blood bags right now and patients are in need of it.”

Author: Amadou Jallow
Source: Picture: blood bags