Blood supply at critical level

2015-04-30 13:57

KWAZULU-NATAL is facing a blood shortage crisis­ with less than one dayand#039;s supply in stock.

SANBS spokesperson said it is reaching s stage where hospitals will be asked to postpone non-emergency operations until there is sufficient blood in stock.

Almost 40% of the blood usually collected comes from schools and universities which are currently on holiday as are many regular donors­.

Currently the blood stock at national­ level is 1.9 days and KZN is 0.9 days.

An appeal is made to the public to go to their nearest blood-donor clinic and donate. To encourage donors clinics will be open until 6pm on weekdays and on Saturdays until 2pm.

and#034;SANBS needs to maintain a stock level of five days at all times by collecting 3 000 units of blood a day to meet the demand of the thousands of patients who are reliant on blood transfusions for survival.and#034; said Vanessa Raju, SANBS communication manager.

The organisation appeals to the public who meet the minimum blood-donor requirements, especially blood donors who may have missed a blood donation, to help boost supplies by donating blood.

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