Public asked to donate blood urgently

2016-03-23 06:00

THE South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is asking the public to donate blood urgently, Pietermaritzburg SANBS public relations practitioner, Khulekani Zuma told Maritzburg­ Echo.

“At the moment the supply is at 1,1%, enough for one day only, and with supplies being divided between those who need a daily supply and medical cases in hospital, there is not enough left for unexpected accidents,’’ said Zuma.

With the Easter holidays around the corner and the high rate of road accidents during this time, the SANBS is concerned there will not be a sufficient blood supply especially because schools close on Friday.

“Seventy five to 80% of the blood supply comes from schools around the province. So schools will be closed there will be an extreme shortage of blood.

The SANBS is to hold donating campaigns at shopping centres, malls, churches and in central town. People are urged to donate blood, especially those with blood type ‘O’ as this is the most in demand blood type,” said Zuma.

Donors have to maintain a healthy lifestyle, weight 50 kilograms or more and be 16 years of age and above. For more information, contact the SANBS centre on 0800 11 9031 or Zuma at 033 264 3612 or 082 328 9587.

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