Blood bank ‘is its own worst enemy’

2015-04-30 14:32

IN days of yore, blood donors were offered, as an inducement to come forward, free blood should they ever need it. I believe this has now been stopped and donors must pay the full price.

Donating blood is, for me at least, a very intimidating experience. Every pint remains difficult. I have fainted many times, despite having given about 40 units of blood, but I continue to donate, often I ask myself why. Once I passed out for 20 minutes and was told not to return.

Frankly, I’m not surprised the South African National Blood Service is always running low - having stopped the one small inducement to come forward, free blood. I’m not surprised many others have stopped donating as it’s not a pleasant experience.

With many folk now unable to afford medical aid, I suspect many donors would return if they were again to get free blood in a time of crisis. I don’t buy that it amounts to payment for people’s blood.

The blood service has one other serious flaw - it seems unable to set up a database, sending donors e-mails about this and that, and in particular when its mobile clinics will be going to Hilton, for example.

It is its own worst enemy.

Fortunately, at a technical level, it seems better than it was 20-plus years ago.

BARRIE LEWIS

Hilton

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