The country’s leading smartphone provider, Airtel Malawi is appealing to the corporate world to bail out public health facilities from blood shortages.
Managing Director for Airtel Malawi, Charles Kamoto made an appeal during a blood donation exercise by Airtel employees at the company’s Offices in Lilongwe on Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Kamoto observes that blood shortage in hospitals can be addressed if various institutions encourage their employees to donate blood.
He pointed out that the company takes pride in helping the nation in many respects and building blood banks in hospitals.
“We’ve been doing this for a number of years but we had a break for about two years due to Covid-19 but we decided to come back,” says Kamoto.
He adds that as a telecomunication brand, the company is concerned with people whose lives are at risk due to lack of blood.
“Other companies need to emulate from the pace we have set as Airtel for is important to save lives “said Kamoto.
Malawi Blood Transfusion Service (MBTS) Public Relations Officer for Lilongwe blood transfusion Centre, Upile Kaimvi therefore lauded Airtel for reviving the blood donation drive.
“Airtel gas been doing this for a long time and we really appreciate for their love and dedication to this cause.
“MBTS cannot do this alone, it needs all of us as a nation to take part in this Noble service of donating blood,” said Kaimvi.
The blood donation drive was part of commemorations marking blood donation day that falls on June 11 annually.