Easter alert: Blood bank needs donors

2013-03-22 00:00

IF you are between the ages of 16 and 65, weigh more than 50 kg and lead a sexually safe lifestyle, the South African National Blood Service needs you.

As the holiday break gets closer, the SANBS has made an urgent appeal for donations of blood to avoid shortages.

“We know that traditionally, this is a time when there are several road accidents, which adds to the daily demand for blood,” spokesperson Khulekani Zuma said yesterday.

“We have two donor centres in Pietermaritzburg, one at 294 Jabu Ndlovu Street [Loop Street] and the other at the Hayfields Shopping Centre.

“Unfortunately, when the holidays arrive, the demand does not decrease … 3 000 units of blood are needed …”

On Saturday, March 30, SANBS will be at the Liberty Midlands Mall.

People who wish to organise blood clinics in their communities should call Zuma at 033 264 3612 or 082 328 9587.

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