Urgent call for blood donations
THE SOUTH African National Blood Service (SANBS) is calling on all eligible donors to urgently donate blood as there is only enough blood supply for two days.
SANBS spokesperson, Natalie Booysen, said the service was facing a blood shortage as most businesses have closed for the holidays. “Currently there is only enough blood for 2.1 days, and unfortunately this is decreasing every day. We are relying on donors to visit us at one of our donor centres or at one of our mobile blood drives. It is considered a crisis when the blood stock levels are less than two days,” said Booysen.
She called on donors to roll up their sleeves and donate blood as it could be a life-saving gesture to someone else.
“The SANBS is asking all eligible donors, potential donors and donors who haven’t donated in a while, to please visit a blood drive or donor centre as soon as possible and give your life-saving donation in order to avoid a crisis.
“Blood is essential for patients in need. Pregnancy complications and cancer treatments make up the biggest group of recipients of a blood transfusion. Blood is needed in so many different life-threatening situations like the bleeding mother who needs your blood so that she can see her baby grow up, or the cancer patient who needs blood to make them strong enough to endure their treatment. It is simple, it is not just blood, you are saving someone’s life.”
Booysen said that if every donor donates four times in a year, the situation could be avoidable.
Responding to the call are Evan Painting from Hopetown, who yesterday donated his 10th unit, and Rina Louw (40th unit).