The hunt is on for committed blood donors

2015-04-30 17:29
SANBS staff members, Zama Ngcolomba and Simpiwe Mcoboki, said they are eagerly awaiting actual units of blood to replace the Easter eggs in the centrifuge machine.          

SANBS staff members, Zama Ngcolomba and Simpiwe Mcoboki, said they are eagerly awaiting actual units of blood to replace the Easter eggs in the centrifuge machine. Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE South African National Blood Service (SANBS) are planning a special Easter Promotion asking for donations as the Easter Weekend draws close.

A special Easter Egg Hunt Promotion will be taking place at Donor Centres in and around Port Elizabeth from today until April 4 (excluding April 3 when Donor Centres will be closed). Every donor who donates over this period will receive a sweet something and will also stand the chance to draw a “lucky egg” and be a winner.

According to SANBS, blood stocks take a serious plunge over the Easter period because of the many public holidays and long weekends.

SANBS said they also continuously look at improving the donor experience. “We are very pleased to announce that as of March 16, all 87 donor centres around the country will be offering one hour free WiFi to all donors. We know that many of our donors spend much of their time on social media platforms and downloading other applications, and now compliments of SANBS you have 60 minutes of free access to the internet,” said Vanessa Raju, National Communications Manager, SANBS.

Sustaining an adequate blood stock level to meet the demand of hospitals becomes a serious challenge when most high schools, tertiary institutions and factories are closed during the holiday period.

“Approximately 3 000 units of blood are needed daily and for every day we are unable to make this target, the total units of blood that are available deplete. This usually then causes the SANBS to impose cut backs; which means the full requirement of blood to a patient is regulated in such a manner, that the blood stocks are preserved optimally,” said Nina van Wyk, Public Relations Practitioner at the SANBS Port Elizabeth Branch.

SANBS said if you are in good health and between the ages of 16 and 65, weigh more than 50kg, and lead a sexually safe lifestyle, join in the spirit of giving this Easter

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