Donate blood to save a life

2017-09-12 06:00
Photo: SuppliedMr Dunlop gives his 251st donation.

Photo: SuppliedMr Dunlop gives his 251st donation.

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KALISHA NAICKER

WITH the festive season fast approaching the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) stocks are calling for people to donate blood.

The blood service said they need to build up stock and asked people to give blood now to help save a life.

Upper Highway’s Dr Thapelo Motshudi said there are four types of blood groups - A, B, AB and O.

“These are further categorised as Rh+ or Rh-, based on the Rhesus classification. People with blood group O- can donate blood to everyone and are called universal donors.
“Those with blood group AB+ can receive blood from everyone and are thus called universal recipients.
“Group O is in greater demand and these donors­ are asked to donate regularly because their blood is especially useful in emergencies, when there is no time to check for compatibility.”

He said anyone over the age of 16, who weighs at least 50kg, is healthy, does not have anaemia, is not on certain types of medication and whose social behaviour does not place them at an increased risk of transmitting HIV or hepatitis, can donate.

“Pregnant women and people who have had recent surgery are not allowed to donate.”

Hillcrest High pupils and staff are always willing donors, and recently staff member, Mr. Dunlop, had his 251st donation.

Nicola L. Kidgell, Hillcrest High marketing and public relations officer, said the school was told by SANBS that less than one percent of South Africans are active blood donors and opted to assist. 

“We are extremely proud of Mr Dunlop and our pupils are paying it forward and we are glad to continue to help the SANBS in this small way.”

Upper Highway residents can make donations at The Hillcrest Donor Clinic 50 Old Main Road, Hillcrest from 9am-6pm on weekdays however, Thursday’s are 10am-6pm.
For more information, contact 031 765 4035.

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