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Blood donors needed for 2012

2012-01-04 18:01

Johannesburg - The SA National Blood Service on Wednesday appealed to the public to donate blood regularly.

"This is a special appeal to the public to find at least 30 minutes every 56 days and donate blood, with a commitment to donate a minimum of four times through 2012," spokesperson Vanessa Raju said.

The service aims to collect 3 000 units of blood a day.

But because of the holiday season, this has dropped to 1 450 units a day - less than half the daily target.

It now has to collect an average of 4 500 units a day to allow it to meet demand.

Comments
  • Alien42063 - 2012-01-04 18:22

    I don't know how accurate this is...but apparently it costs R1500 to receive donated blood. So the Hospitals get blood for free from donors, then charge recipients R1500 to receive it? Could it cost that much to store and use blood? What about poor people...how will they afford "Free" blood if they need it I wonder?

      Sithando - 2012-01-04 19:08

      NHI is the only solution to answer your queries, trust and vote for ANC.

      Eugene - 2012-01-04 19:41

      I have wondered about this myself. It should be a relatively simple thing for a journalist to investigate. Alas, they're all too busy reporting on the private lives of celebrities...

      Kgomotso - 2012-01-04 19:42

      Leukimia and or haematology patients at public hospital are transfused for free. It is only in private hospitals where you pay for blood. And for your information the cost is not only on preserving blood( store as you put it), safety of the reciepiant need to be ensured. As a results a whole range of tests are conducted on donated blood and those are done by professionals who needs to be paid, the tests are conducted using sophisticated expensive technologies/instruments that need to be maintained and instruments are operated with chemicals and reagents that need to be bought. You do not just get blood and transfuse. Those are reality costs

      rhino - 2012-01-04 19:57

      I donate blood. As a doner you get it free when needed. The processes to handle blood and all the ""by products"" are not cheap. You probably right when you say it cost R1500. My mother was in hospital and needed blood... it cost us R39 000 for ONLY the blood. As she was a donar it was free. So, yes it pays to give......

  • thomvonzahn - 2012-01-04 19:13

    It would be really helpful if the guy who put together this article could give some details of where to donate blood, here's a link to their website showing the locations of fixed donation points http://www.sanbs.org.za/index.php?option=com_locator&view=directory&layout=gmap&Itemid=192

  • Moss - 2012-01-04 19:26

    Are they still accepting blood based on race? Just curius!!!

  • Xenswim1 - 2012-01-04 19:30

    I stopped donating blood the day I was charged R1200.00 a unit. Then told oh sorry but that is the way it is done now. No free blood not even a discount even if you have donated 40 units. More than enough ,for at least two heart ops. Well FU lot. Why should I give to the larger population in particular that end of the demographic that religion does not allow blood or organ donation but are happy to accept one when needed then be pay to get my blood back. The bway I see it if they want blood they make it compulsory for every one to donate at least five units in their liftime. If you do not no blood if that need ever arises.

      rhino - 2012-01-04 19:58

      It is not true. A donar still gets it free.

      Kgomotso - 2012-01-04 20:04

      There is a solution to your problem. You have options, you can choose to to donate 1. To Yourself- IF you know you are going to be in an operation are most probably going to need blood you donate days or hours before operation)again donate regularly they preserve it and the day you need it they will transfuse you with it . 2. You choose a person to donate to if your blood group matches theirs 3. To whoever needs blood.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-04 20:54

      You are lying

      Kgomotso - 2012-01-04 20:59

      @paulmandlankosi go and google the info is there

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-04 21:04

      I mean Xenswim1 Kgomotso not you

  • Kgomotso - 2012-01-04 19:48

    I was a regular donor years ago but stop when i learnt South African Blood bank was discarding blood from Black donors. They admitted to that my question is have they stopped because if they are still doing that it is a waste of time for me and others who got discouraged to donate

  • Comrade - 2012-01-04 20:02

    I am AB negative and its RARE. I will NEVER EVER EVER donate blood as long as Black people think i am trespassing or not African or think they can take my property without compensation. My blood is MINE. You can kiss my Ass!!!

      Kgomotso - 2012-01-04 20:33

      Comrade you are speaking like a fool. Yes 80% of the world population falls under O group and another 20% under A,B and AB. But O group is a universal donor, neutral in a way meaning any person who is A, B or AB can be given Group O blood but Group O can not be transfused by any expect O). AB is a universal reciever that means your blood matches only people under AB it can not be used on A, B, O positive or O negative patients. That is why in many blood donation compains emphasy is placed on encouraging Group O people. Keep your blood it only has value and impact to a small portion of the world population

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-04 20:56

      Kgomotso do not waste your time with comrade, he is just a plain idiot

      Comrade - 2012-01-04 20:59

      O whateva, no malema loving naai is using my blood an taking my property next month. my blood is mine. kma

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-04 21:06

      Comrade, all your comments are about Malema, can't you find something else to comment about, you are boring old man

  • Deepchund - 2012-01-04 20:30

    This is the same record played at the end of each year, "we have a shortage as schools/tertiary institutions and factories are closed". Strange, these donors vanish at the end of the year, but resurface after the holiday season. SANBS,you need to make an effort and visit places where people go during this period,eg.shopping centres,residential areas, and, spend more time convenient to the donors, not 09h00 to 15h00 to suit yourself.

  • Alison - 2012-01-04 20:33

    I had a spell in hospital and had to have 2 blood transfusions. My family all offered to donate blood for me to use but the hospital said no. So Kgomotso I am curios to read your comment about voluntary donation. I was not comfortable with receiving unknown blood and ended up having horrid reactions to it. The charges are really high and I do believe that donors should receive blood at reduced rates if they need it. I am unable to donate but wish I could.

      Kgomotso - 2012-01-04 20:48

      Alison, they may be your family but that does not mean their blood is safe. Blood need to be subjected to tests before it can be given to a patient and tests take time. You get a reaction only when you are given blood from a blood group that does not match yours. If you are O and your brother or sister is not O it does not matter how related you are their blood will repel they do not match.

  • Ruchalta - 2013-01-05 14:59

    We are in 2013, I think.

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