SANBS calls for blood donations

2020-03-25 06:00

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) appeals to healthy citizens to donate blood at the various centres in the country. The clarion call for blood donation aims at averting a possible blood collections crisis in the wake of the global fight against the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

“We continue to follow the guidelines issued by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) promoting healthy personal hygiene practices at all our fixed and mobile donor centres. We acknowledge the role that blood donors play in helping us to serve the greater South African community. Anything that you, as an individual, can do to make a difference can and will change the lives of so many people in need,” said Silungile Mlambo, SANBS spokesperson.

The service urges donors to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their fellow citizens as part of preventing the spread of Covid-19.

“If you are feeling unwell or exhibiting any clinical symptoms of infection (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat and shortness of breath), you are encouraged to delay donation until you are in good health,” said Mlambo.

Should you require any additional information contact the SANBS on 0800-119-031 or visit


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