SOUTH AFRICANS URGED TO DONATE BLOOD
By: Mbalenhle Sithebe
South Africa has set the month of June to celebrate Blood Donor Month, with the world having celebrated the International Donors’ Day on Saturday.
The campaign “donate blood to save a life” has been on national radio and television adverts for the past weeks. And this year’s theme is “safe blood for saving mothers”.
According to a statement by the South African National Blood Transfusion Service, the SANBS is running low of blood; they had only 1.9 days stock left.
The statement also pleaded with South Africans to visit their local blood donor centre and save a life. It also emphasised that international blood donor day was to encourage people to donate but also to celebrate and thank all time blood donors.
Thembilizwe Mxokozeli said, “I am happy to donate, its only 500ml per session and your body can replace within 24 hours.”
International Blood Donor Day is celebrated on Karl Landsteiner’s birthday, who created the ABO group and won the Nobel Prize in 1930.
SANBS Spokesperson Venessa Raju said, “We have an average situations, blood shortage are when schools and universities are closed”.
Raju added that the theme was chosen because women, “die due to birth related complications” across Africa.
She also dismissed the controversy that homosexual people cannot donate blood.