SANBS is appealing to the public to donate blood
The South African National Blood Services (SANBS) is currently experiencing shortage in blood supply.
Silungile Mlambo, Chief Marketing Officer at SANBS said in statement the Covid-19 restrictions have severely limited the ability to collect adequate blood stocks as staff are not able to access schools, colleges, and corporate companies for blood drives.
Mlambo also said their blood stocks have dropped and are asking for people to find time to donate.
“We are experiencing a high demand for blood from hospitals and in dire need of blood donations across the country. Our Group O blood stocks have dropped significantly, and we are appealing to all South Africans to donate a unit of blood in aid of those who need blood,” Mlambo said.
SANBS is aiming to collect 5000 units of blood a day nationally. In achieving that goal, they will require blood drives in companies, institutions, and organisations. SANBS is appealing to the public to assist them in getting suitable venues that will be accessible to everyone.
Mlambo said the current shortages pose a real danger to the healthcare systems in our country.
“There are many people who rely on these life-saving donations to remain healthy and to lead normal lives,” Mlambo said.
Carol Ndimande, who works for SANBS said they have been spreading awareness through advertisements in radio and television to get people to donate blood.
She also said people should not be afraid to visit their mobile blood drives as they are making sure that there are precautionary measures to keep their donors safe during this pandemic.
According to the SANBS, a person is eligible to donate blood if they have been not experiencing cold and flu symptoms, are between the ages of 16 and 75, weigh more than 50kg, be in good health, consider if your blood safe for transfusion to a patient and lastly, you lead a healthy lifestyle.