The 37 Military Hospital has experienced a shortage of blood, since the explosion at the La Trade Fair gas station, which resulted in the deaths of 11 people and caused severe injuries to 40 others.
According to Major Gariba Pabi, the Public Relations Officer of the hospital, the hospital has experienced a decline in the availability of blood in their blood bank, "as a result of the recent emergency healthcare we provided at our facility as a result of the recent gas explosion, the blood reserve at our blood bank is going down."
Speaking in an interview with the Daily Graphic, Major Pabi urged all "individuals, religious organisations and institutions to voluntarily assist the hospital in the donation of blood to beef up its reserve."
The 37 Military Hospital blood bank has a capacity to store 600 units of blood at a time. However, since the explosion, the hospital used up to 150 units of blood to treat the victims of the explosion that were rushed to the hospital.
The hospital would need up to 200 units of blood to replenish its stock, according to Major Pabi.
"We cannot wait for the blood bank to deplete before making the appeal. We are, therefore, appealing to the public to assist us before we face an acute shortage which can result in the loss of lives," he stated.
When asked how the victims of the explosion were currently faring, Major Pabi said that they were responding to treatment, and added that some had already been discharged.