Mass ap­peal for blood dona­tions

Daily News - - NEWS - MATLHATSI DIBAK­WANE

TO­DAY is World Blood Donor Day and the SA Na­tional Blood Ser­vice (SANBS) wants to col­lect more than 18 000 units of blood.

Ac­cord­ing to the blood ser­vice, South Africa re­lies on just 1% of its pop­u­la­tion for dona­tions.

As a re­sult, na­tional blood re­serves are of­ten low and do­na­tion drives have to be held to raise aware­ness.

Yes­ter­day, SANBS, ac­cord- ing to its web­site, had blood ca­pac­ity for 3.4 days, with some types run­ning short.

The blood ser­vice’s Ivor Hobbs said World Blood Donor Day high­lighted the need to main­tain a sta­ble sup­ply of healthy, safe blood and blood prod­ucts, while en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to be­come reg­u­lar donors.

It was also an op­por­tu­nity to thank the vol­un­teers whose dona­tions of blood saved lives.

Even if one could not do­nate blood, there were other ways to help, Hobbs said, such as rais­ing aware­ness.

In South Africa, the tim­ing co­in­cides with the up­com­ing school hol­i­days, when roads are busier and there are more ac­ci­dents.

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion has ap­pealed to African coun­tries to strengthen na­tional blood ser­vices, to en­hance uni­ver­sal ac­cess to safe blood.

Check the SANBS web­site (sanbs.org.za) for the clos­est place where you can do­nate.

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