Ur­gent call for blood do­na­tions

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - NEWS - BENIDA PHILLIPS STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

DO­NAT­ING:

Re­spond­ing to the call are Evan Paint­ing from Hopetown, who yes­ter­day do­nated his 10th unit, and Rina Louw (40th unit).

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