Urgent appeal for more blood

[TamilNet, Thursday, 08 October 1998, 23:11 GMT]
The blood bank in Colombo has appealed for more donors to come forward, following a severe reduction in its stockpiles following last week's heavy fighting in Kilinochchi and Mankulam. The appeal said 2000 pints of blood are urgently needed.

A large number of Sri Lankan soldiers wounded in last week's heavy fighting have been admitted to hospitals in Colombo and its suburbs said hospital sources.

Sources said the Colombo blood bank, which has a storage capacity of 3000 pints currently has only 1000 pints left, the rest having been used in the treatment of the wounded soldiers.

The urgent appeal was made as hospitals have indicated more blood might be needed in following days said sources.

Meanwhile university students have launched a blood donation campaign. The campaign is named "A drop of blood from the University". A large number of students are said to have already donated blood through the campaign.


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