Youth urged to donate blood

2018-11-27 06:01

THE South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is currently facing a massive shortage of blood, with the current standings sitting at approximately a 2.2 days stock of blood and a 0.1-day stock of platelets.

SANBS aims to collect 3 000 units of blood per day to ensure a safe and sufficient blood supply in the healthcare system.

Hoping to increase their blood stock while piquing interest among the youth, SANBS recently partnered with Global Citizen in order to highlight the importance of donating blood #ForLife.

According to SANBS, donors can earn tickets to the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, which is taking placed on Sunday, December 2 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Interested participants can visit any SANBS donor centre or mobile drive until November 22 to stand a chance of earning two tickets to the festival.

The prize also includes flights, accommodation with dinner and breakfast, as well as transport to and from the festival. Winners will be contacted telephonically on November 26.

According to SANBS, most South Africans will need a blood transfusion at some point in their life, yet less than one percent of South Africans regularly donate blood.

They also stated that it is crucial for millennials and younger adults to donate as it affects the country’s blood sustainability.

SANBS spokesperson Silungile Mlambo said: “Despite SA’s youth forming almost 50% of the population, we are critically low on donors.

“To increase donations, we have partnered with Global Citizen to engage the youth to donate between now and November 22 to earn tickets to the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100.

“It is our sincere hope that they will continue to donate once the Mandela 100 campaign is over and truly prove themselves as the generation that saves lives,” Mlambo said.

SANBS stated that one person donating blood can save a minimum of three lives.

A unit of blood can only last 42 days after donation, which is why regular donations are necessary.

Donors can donate blood every eight weeks.

In order to be eligible to donate blood, potential donors should ensure that their blood is safe for transfusion to a patient, and therefore should lead a healthy, low-risk lifestyle.

If a donor has a chronic condition, they can donate if they are being treated and the condition is under control.

SANBS considers risky lifestyles to be engaging in activities that can lead to the contracting of transmissible infections such as HIV, as well as Hepatitis B and C.

The organisation relies on the honesty of their donors and requests that they do not donate if they have engaged in risky behaviour.

For full details on how and where to donate, and how to enter the competition, visit the SANBS website at https://sanbs.org.za/

For more information, engage with SANBS and Global Citizen on Twitter and Facebook using the following: #ForLife @TheSANBS
#GlobalCitizenFestivalSA
#BetheGeneration

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