PRESS RELEASE ON BLOOD DONATION FOR COPING WITH COVID 19 PANDEMIA
Due to the state of emergency and the implementation of measures and recommendations of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia for coping with the COVID 19 virus, the Red Cross of the Republic of North Macedonia and the Institute for Transfusion Medicine (ITM) at the meeting held on March 12, 2020 adopted conclusions approved by the Ministry of Health. and sent to all Red Cross branches and transfusion medicine services.
The management structures of the Red Cross of the Republic of North Macedonia and the Institute for Transfusion Medicine are in constant contact and held several skype conferences to monitor the current situation of reserves of blood and blood products, organizing blood donation actions, scheduling the days and working hours of the transfusion medicine services and the Blood Donation Center in “Dare Dzambaz” for self-initiated blood donation and provision of recommendations to the Red Cross branches and the Transfusion Medicine Services.
Following the recommendations of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of North Macedonia, the Institute for Transfusion Medicine takes all necessary measures to create the maximum safe conditions for blood donation, as follows:
- ITM staff is additionally trained to implement all prescribed hygiene measures;
- A system has been introduced to ensure an adequate distance between blood donors;
- Telephone invitations for blood donors is practiced to ensure continuity of blood donation at safe time intervals (scheduling).
We are actively monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The health of the citizens, potential blood donors and health care personnel is at the forefront.
Special gratitude to all blood donors, members of the Army of the Republic of North Macedonia, members of the police and health workers who in this extremely difficult situation for the state donated blood which is necessary for the survival and functioning of the health system.
Follow the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia and stay in good health and mood.
Red Cross of the Republic of North Macedonia
Institute for Transfusion Medicine