Blood ser­vices look­ing for new donors

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Conelia Harry

BLOOD stocks are at a crit­i­cal 2.5 days’ sup­ply and the South African Na­tional Blood Ser­vices (SANBS) is calling on the pub­lic to do­nate at their near­est cen­tre or mo­bile clinic.

SANBS launched its #NewBlood Cam­paign on Hu­man Rights Day, which sig­nals the be­gin­ning of the crit­i­cal Easter hol­i­day pe­riod and SANBS urges the com­mu­nity to lend a help­ing hand by be­com­ing reg­u­lar donors.

Cur­rently fewer than 1% of South Africans do­nate blood even though it takes up only 30 min­utes of one’s time at least twice a year,’ said SANBS Chief Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer, Silungile Mlambo.

‘The re­sult is that we of­ten ex­pe­ri­ence short­ages which places lives at risk - lives of ba­bies born pre­ma­turely, ac­ci­dent vic­tims, women giv­ing birth and the lives of peo­ple fight­ing cancer.

‘We are there­fore calling on any­one who has never do­nated or has not do­nated in over a year to heed Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s plea to be­come an agent of change and lend a hand by be­com­ing a blood donor, start­ing from Hu­man Rights Day.

‘The beauty of blood do­na­tion is that vir­tu­ally any­one can do it. If you are over 16 years old, weigh more than 50kg and prac­tice a safe life­style, you can be a blood donor.

‘By giv­ing blood you can save up to three peo­ple’s lives. No­body can make a greater im­pact than sav­ing some­one else’s life,’ said Mlambo.

Hol­i­days are un­for­tu­nately the time when SANBS tra­di­tion­ally run short of blood be­cause they are not able to host reg­u­lar drives at schools and univer­sity cam­puses.

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