SANBS needs more blood donors
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