Guinea turns to Senegal and Burkina Faso for blood donation
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Guinean President Alpha Condé has appealed to Senegal and Burkina Faso to help save the lives of hundreds in hospitals throughout the country by donating blood.
President Condé’s appeal stems from the last minute alarm from Guinea’s main hospital in Conakry, where patients die almost daily due to the lack of blood.
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The Director of the Donka hospital in Conakry told reporters on Tuesday about the deaths and the acute blood shortage at the institution where hundreds were still “badly in need”.
Dr André Loua said the shortage was also the cause of an unspecified number of deaths in other hospitals around the country.
He then launched an urgent appeal to the government to intervene in order to save the lives of the patients.
In his reaction on national radio on Thursday, President Condé criticised the ministry of Health for not having brought the issue to his attention on time.
The President threatened to sack all those who were linked to the failure of communication.
President Condé admitted only receiving correspondences from Health officials about the shortage of some essential drugs.
He said such a correspondence was only in the interest of some of the mischievous authorities whose intention was to receive the medicines and later sell them.