SANBS needs more blood donors

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - NEWS - TNA RE­PORTER

THE South African Na­tional Blood Ser­vice (SANBS) will em­bark on a mas­sive blood drive cam­paign on Hu­man Rights Day.

This is in a bid to re­cruit new donors aimed at in­creas­ing its blood stock.

The #NewBlood cam­paign is aimed at en­cour­ag­ing first time blood donors to come out in their num­bers and do­nate blood. The SANBS said it aimed to col­lect 4500 units of blood on the day to en­sure that it had enough blood sup­plies.

The cam­paign is also tar­geted at lapsed donors es­pe­cially those with the Group O blood type.

It’s cru­cial that the SANBS has enough stock as the blood is used to help preg­nant women and ac­ci­dent vic­tims among oth­ers. Chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer for the SANBS, Silungile Mlambo, said: “Less than 1% of South Africans do­nate blood even though it de­mands a lit­tle more than giv­ing up 30 min­utes of their time at least twice a year.

“That means we of­ten ex­pe­ri­ence short­ages which place lives at risk the lives of ba­bies born pre­ma­turely, lives of ac­ci­dent vic­tims, lives of women giv­ing birth and the lives of peo­ple fight­ing can­cer.”

The SANBS will host blood drives at var­i­ous points across the coun­try in­clud­ing Vi­lakazi Street, home to for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela.

“The beauty of blood do­na­tion is that vir­tu­ally any­one can do it. You don’t need to have money or live in a fancy house or have a grad­u­ate de­gree or a fancy car.

“If you’re over 16 years old, weigh more than 50kg and prac­tice a healthy life­style, you can be a blood donor. And by giv­ing blood you can save up to three peo­ple’s lives. “So some­thing that costs you noth­ing is ab­so­lutely price­less for some­one in need of blood.

“No­body can make a greater im­pact than sav­ing some­one else’s life,” Mlambo said. The SANBS said it tends to run low on blood sup­plies dur­ing hol­i­days as it is then un­able to do drives at schools and univer­si­ties.

Mlambo said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was launch­ing the cam­paign on Hu­man Rights Day as the day sig­nalled the start of the Easter hol­i­day pe­riod. Easter hol­i­days are known as one of the blood­i­est times on South African roads. – 701478

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