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BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO

OPERATIONS at the National Referral Hospital Operating Theatre will scale down due to shortage of Terumo blood bag supplies.

Terumo blood bags are high quality, high-value blood bags designed for the collection, processing and storage of whole blood and blood components.

The Blood bank management on Tuesday issued a notice they are temporary closing down due to shortage of Terumo blood bags.

Director of Medical Laboratory at NRH, Alfred Dofai, said they are facing a tough situation at the moment but assured public that the supplies will arrive next month.

He said they are communicating with the supplier to airlift emergency order as well requesting the Provincial Health centres in the provinces to return some Terumo blood bags to subsidise the shortages.

He said they were supposed to receive 85 cartons of blood bags in July to stock up the laboratory but they only received 25.

“I think the supplier must have run short of supply that is why we only received 25 cartons,’’ he said.

Dofai said 55 cartons of blood bags are still on the way, in the next shipment.

“The situation will affect other sectors and so we have to put priority on emergency cases,” Dofai said.

He assures the general public that they are working with the supplier and the medical store to airlift emergency supplies by this weekend.

He explains the order is bit confusing on the part of the supplier.

He said order should arrive on July and they should encounter this situation.

He said due to the situation they will scale down operation and give top priorities to emergency cases.