When our newspaper’s reporting team arrived at the Inhambane Provincial Hospital, they found Cremildo, a young blood donor for at least 10 years. He started donating the precious liquid while still in high school, when he was encouraged by a church and since then he has done it at least once a year. He told O País that after he was convinced to donate blood, he did it at school and liked it, because This led to frequent visits to the Blood Bank at the Inhambane Provincial Hospital to donate more frequently. However, some time later he had to leave Inhambane for school reasons and as such, it was difficult for him to balance school and donating blood. But, according to Cremildo, when he returned to Inhambane in 2019 he resumed the donation exercise. of blood, an activity that was interrupted in the second year with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, when things calmed down, he returned to donate blood, just once and since then, he has not done so again. This year, 2024, he returned to the Inhambane Blood Bank to donate blood, in order to Doing so to help a co-worker, who has a sick child and needs to undergo surgery and needs blood to do so. Cremildo says that his colleague’s request came at a time when he was thinking about resuming blood donation and decided to respond to his colleague’s request, as the first step towards resuming continuous blood education. well, in the largest health unit in the province of Inhambane, which is currently suffering from a lack of vital fluid. According to what we found on site, the Inhambane Provincial Hospital currently has only 50 units of blood, an insignificant number for the demand of that health unit, which serves patients from across the province of Inhambane, transferred from other health units in the province, generally in a state of emergency. large and in need of blood transfusion. The largest health unit in Inhambane uses an average of 10 to 15 units of blood per week, which is why the quantity of 50 units is negligible. According to what we found, in recent years the number of donors blood supply dropped to less than half, from the previous 1510 donors, to around 600. Source:O País

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