In wake of the shocking attacks across hotels and churches in Sri Lanka that have left at least 160 dead and over 300 injured, several Sri Lankans have taken to social media to request people to donate blood.
The high casualties caused by the six serial blasts that rocked Colombo and Batticaloa on Easter Sunday have caused an overflow of patients requiring treatment across hospitals in the two blast-hit cities.
To balance out the deficit in blood reserves, the Sri Lanka National Blood Transfusion Service has issued a notice, seeking blood donations so that hospitals are able to cater to all the casualties.
Due to the prevailing disaster situation blood requirement is becoming increased, request volunteers to donate blood to Narahenpita blood center - Sri Lanka National Blood Transfusiom Service. #LKA #SriLanka pic.twitter.com/UC9Xu4jwwQ— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) April 21, 2019
"Just heard, few tried to go to negambo Blood bank. But hospital and blood bank is currently very busy.— Charlie S. (@cjs8000) April 21, 2019
Yes we need O negative blood !
Please donate at Ragama, Narahenpita or Kurunegala.
Source - National blood transfusion service - Sri Lanka"https://t.co/tciOATA5ER
‘The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has called upon Muslim’s to donate blood at the nearest government hospital responding to the call of the Colombo National Blood Transfusion Service’ pic.twitter.com/PaGoHKsdB1— Navamani Newspaper (@NavamaniLK) April 21, 2019
In fact, not just netizens, Colombo's Archbishop Malcom Cardinal Ranjith addressed a press conference following the attacks. Not only did the holy man condemn the attacks on Easter Sunday but also encouraged fellow Sri Lankans to show support for the victims by donating their blood.
His Eminence Malcom Cardinal Ranjith requests public to remain calm and kindly requests donate blood for hospitals. He condemned the #EasterSunday attack #LKA #SriLanka #EasterSundayAttacksLK #EasterAttackSL #Colombo pic.twitter.com/D9nl8T9jYQ— Sri Lanka Tweet (@SriLankaTweet) April 21, 2019
After the messages went viral, it appears that several people arrived at blood donation centres across Sri Lanka to donate their blood. Netizens posted images of the "overwhelming" response in the face of the terrible tragedy.
In this horrific moment I wold say proudly that I'm a Sri Lankan, standing here in the National Blood Bank for hours to donate blood with 100s of fellow Sri Lankans. Please stop sharing graphic images of the devastation, let's pray for victims and let's pray for peace. pic.twitter.com/QOYhCyXy38— Ramesh Thiruchelvam (@ramthi) April 21, 2019
Overwhelming response at National Blood Centre. It’s so overcrowded they cannot control the crowd. Currently they are sending back people who have come after taking down name, contact and blood group. Don’t rush there now go leisurely as the crowd subsides #LKA pic.twitter.com/EAvYyr73kH— Usman Ali (@usmanali_la) April 21, 2019
No shortage of blood, medicine, staff or ambulances, hospitals able to provide the required card: Head of National Hospitals #lka— Marianne David (@MarianneDavid24) April 21, 2019
Seems National Blood Bank is unable to handle the massive turn out of people who are risking their own lives to donate blood. This is my Sri Lanka. This is what it means to be Sri Lankan. As long as this spirit remains this country will not die! @NamithSwarnasinghe pic.twitter.com/pEQd2LGfTk— Jeevani Fernando (@Jeevanifdo) April 21, 2019
Thank you to all first responders. Thank you to all hospital staff. Thank you to everyone rushing to donate blood. Let's hope #SriLanka finds strength to defeat whatever caused these heinous acts.— Let Me Love You Zayn (@zaynurSunshine) April 21, 2019
Blood transfusions required to save lives after the church attacks in Sri Lanka. People have heeded the call and are lining up at the hospitals to give blood. A nice story amongst the horror. Pray for Sri Lanka #SriLanka #srilankablasts #EasterSunday #Easter2019— Daley Vandaz (@DaleVD) April 21, 2019