Blood needed for December

2014-12-03 00:00

THE South African National Blood ­Services (SANBS) are asking for blood donors to give a pint before they leave on their annual holiday.

SANBS spokesperson Khulekani ­Zuma said these are difficult times for SANBS as most of their regular blood donors go away and educational ­institutions are closed.

“The number of road accidents will increase during the festive season.”

Zuma said they require a five-day stock to be comfortable with their supply. “We have two centres in Pietermaritzburg, one on Jabu Ndlovu Street and the other at Hayfields Shopping Centre, open every day from Monday to Saturday. From December 13, SANBS will be at the Liberty Midlands Mall for the duration of the festive ­season,” said Zuma.

The following are the requirements to become a blood donor:

• lead a sexually safe lifestyle;

• be in good health;

• be between the ages of 16 and 65;

• weigh over 50 kilograms; and

• have a meal prior to donating.

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