Donation shows you care

2015-04-30 17:00

THE South African National Blood Service (SANBS) appeals to the public to support its blood collection campaign by donating blood in order to save lives. The SANBS says it needs to provide over 1 million blood products to patients annually and without the generosity and commitment of their donors it will be impossible.

The SANBS requires more regular blood donors to consistently meet the demand for this resource. Regular donors are encouraged to donate blood every 56 days or a minimum of three times a year.

Regular blood donors are the safest donors, because their blood is tested regularly.

In support of the campaign to collect blood, Ntsikelelo Martins donated blood at the SANBS branch in Welkom last Tuesday (24/03).

He has become a regular donor. Martins has now donated blood 12 times and encourages more members of the public to become involved.

To donate blood one must be between the ages of 16 and 65 years; weigh more than 50 kg; be in good health; live a sexually safe lifestyle and consider your blood safe for transfusion to a patient. People who meet these requirements are encouraged to become regular blood donors.

The SANBS adheres to international standards as well as taking the local prevalence of viruses into consideration.

Every unit of blood is individually tested for blood group, HIV, Hepatitis B and C as well as syphilis.

In 2005, the SANBS introduced a more sophisticated test called the Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAT) which has resulted in the quality of the blood collected to be among the safest in the world.

Supporters of the campaign can visit the SANBS Welkom branch at The Strip, Shop 36, Stateway, Welkom.

The branch is open from Mondays to Saturdays at the following times: Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 09:00 to 16:45; Tuesdays from 09:00 to 18:00; Thursdays from 10:00 to 16:45; and Saturdays from 09:00 to 13:00

It is closed on public holidays

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