Blood transfusion service hosts recognition awards ceremony

RECOGNITION … The Namibian received the NamBTS Print Media Award at the Windhoek Recognition Awards Ceremony on Thursday. Photo: Pekelatate

The Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NamBTS) hosted the Windhoek Recognition Awards ceremony on Thursday.

The awards commemorated the contributions of blood donors, volunteers and stakeholders for the 20th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day.

NamBTS regional director Christa Gouws said the ceremony’s primary aim was to acknowledge and honour the selfless acts of those who have significantly helped the NamBTS save lives.

“We are so proud of you and this specific function is where we give the awards to people that assist us; from schools, to universities, to shopping malls; in having this blood donor clinic, to always make sure that we have enough blood in stock,” Gouws said.

World Health Organisationa representative Dr Mary Brantuo, in a speech on behalf of the regional director, said blood is always in demand.

“[Being a] blood donor isn’t just an act of altruism but an act of humanity. Each donation is an act of hope in people’s lives,” Brantuo said.

Regular donor Joe Indongo, who has donated blood more than 20 times, said donating gave him more reason to take care of himself and his health.

“Giving (blood) is gaining in self health,” Indongo said.

Blood transfusion recipient Geraldine Muinjangue said she is alive today because of someone’s courage to donate blood.

“Your blood saved my life,” said Muinjangue.

The Namibian and other companies were among the recipients awarded for helping NamBTS reach remarkable milestones.

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