Not enough blood for holidays

2011-06-13 14:21

Johannesburg - More South Africans need to donate blood on Blood Donor Awareness Day on Tuesday since the country's blood stocks were not enough for the holiday season, the Professional Provident Society (PPS) said.

"People may not realise this, but a regular supply of blood is even more crucial on public holidays and during peak holiday seasons, as there tends to be a higher accident rate at this time of year," PPS executive Dominique Scott said on Monday.

"The need for blood never stops, so it is important that we use initiatives such as Blood Donor Awareness Day to highlight the importance of donating in order to save lives."

The SA National Blood Service said an estimated eight out of ten people would need blood or some form of blood product during their lives, but only 1% of South Africans were regular donors.

"A donor can only give blood every 56 days, and there are far fewer donors than recipients, so blood is always in short supply. It is important not to view a donation as a once-off exercise," Scott said.

The PPS is a multidisciplinary group of professionals that offers insurance, investment and healthcare advice.

  • saabnut - 2011-06-13 14:32

    News24- why don't you publish a list of centres/ locations at which one can go and donate blood.

      Solo-JHB - 2011-06-13 15:37

  • gcr - 2011-06-13 14:32

    Just as a point of interest are South African blacks blood donars - or does it transgress cultural believes/views. Those who want to read into this query all sorts of racial vitriol please feel free to comment, but I would prefer to hear from an informed individual who has knowledge on the matter

      MasendeAkho - 2011-06-13 14:44

      Sis. They should turn away Aids infested blood

      Solo-JHB - 2011-06-13 15:39

      We are in desperate need of black organ donors. Blacks do not partake in organ donation and the black community suffers. Organs from different races are not genetically compatible

      Viparo - 2011-06-13 16:48

      @Solo - Really? I've never heard of that. What would the difference be between a black person's kidney and a white person's kidney, for example?

      Chewbacca - 2011-06-13 16:58

      That's the problem. I donate blood every 2 months and 99.999% of the donors are white. Blacks don't give anything, they just take. They are consumers like locusts.

      Solo-JHB - 2011-06-13 18:45

      @Viparo, cant you read....they dont match up genetically....the body will reject it otherwise. The match has to be as close as possible.

      Viparo - 2011-06-14 10:17

      @Solo "can't you read" ? Are you serious? I asked you a simple question and expected a knowledgeable answer.

      Viparo - 2011-06-15 11:15

      @solo - looks like your misplaced self importance was bu11sh1t after all - So nect time you want to sound clever, google first

  • OzzyInSA - 2011-06-13 14:43

    The are many better and safer alternatives to blood transfusions nowadays but SA is backward in implementing these techniques. The days of relying on blood transfusions whould be diminishing.

      Kuifie - 2011-06-13 14:58

      Hi OzzyInSA. Please advise on the alternatives? Or supply a link? Could be interesting reading.

      OzzyInSA - 2011-06-13 15:12

      Hi Kuifie, there are a number of sites that promote no blood alternatives such as and and . Even and have sections on blood transfusion alternatives. Jehovah's Witnesses are prominently known for refusing blood procedures based on religious belief, so there would be information on their websites I would presume. However, many, many more people see the dangers of blood transfusions and are opting for non-blood procedures.

      Solo-JHB - 2011-06-13 15:50

      There is no substitute for real blood. It has all the necessary ingredients to immediately start working in the body. Especially in our trauma heavy hospitals. Some of the alternatives are more expensive than real blood.

  • kevin - 2011-06-13 14:59

    I'll never donate blood or any organs.

      Solo-JHB - 2011-06-13 15:40

      Then dont ever expect to recieve blood or organs when you need it!

  • fracham - 2011-06-13 14:59

    The should be enough blood in SA .... considering the number of murders and road deaths etc.. The elderly couple on the small holding, the Zimbwabean beaten to death ,taxi carnages ,to name but a few. How can there be a shortage?

      Solo-JHB - 2011-06-13 15:41

      Are you stupid or something??? They dont take blood from dead bodies.

  • ZACommentator - 2011-06-13 15:19

    I donate blood and have private health insurance and yet still would have to PAY for my own blood to be returned to my body if I had an accident. How fair is that?

      Solo-JHB - 2011-06-13 15:52

      Then you'll have all the wrong types of folk junkies

      PAR - 2011-06-13 16:27

      ZACommentator is not saying she/he wants to receive money for donating blood but rather that us who do donate should be given blood back if we ever need it at no cost.

      Chewbacca - 2011-06-13 17:00

      Agreed, Donors should not have to pay when it's needed.

  • freddie van eyk - 2011-06-13 15:30

    Maybe they should start paying for it. Nothing is for free anymore.

      MasendeAkho - 2011-06-13 15:47

      True. R1000 everytime you donate

  • ?????? - 2011-06-13 15:41

    I dont have a problem donating blood,i just dont want my HIV-free blood going to some piece of garbage.

      Solo-JHB - 2011-06-13 15:53

      Go to any trauma ward in a state hospital and you'll see all the rubbish drunkards receiving our donated blood.

  • EYESAY - 2011-06-13 15:57

    Im gay, in a loving dedicated relationship for the past 12 years, am HIV negative, but not allowed to donate.

      dave.naughton - 2011-06-13 16:14

      Taken from the "Before donating blood, a donor must be: - Weighing at least 50kg or more; - Between 16 and 65 of age; - In good health; - Leading a sexually safe lifestyle; and - Considering your blood safe for transfusion to a patient." Based on the above, you should be able to donate. Go for it!

      Virginia - 2011-06-13 16:15

      As long as you get tested, I do not see why your blood cannot be used, lets go as far as saying, if they want to they could even use it on HIV persons involved in an accident and require blood transfusion?? at least it can be used.

      EYESAY - 2011-06-13 16:22

      Thanks Dave and Virginia.....i just want to be able to help someone.

  • Virginia - 2011-06-13 16:09

    Well citizens, just be ready to give blood incase anyone you know has an accident, the PPS will have to do this if they do not have a supply of blood , is call on relatives and friends to donate on call.

      PAR - 2011-06-13 16:30

      I donate regularly and it is a labour of love as I hate needles - however, I am never really sure how good or bad this is for one - people have told me my veins will start collapsing etc. I would like to know where my blood goes.

  • blaman - 2011-06-13 16:27

    It is ironic. They beg everyone to give blood for the greater good. However they charge the people who need it an arm and a leg for 500ML? By giving blood , yes you are saving lives. But you are enriching some other people who don't give a damn. In the US people are paid for blood which makes sense because of the expensive price asked for it. Do that here and there will never ever again be a shortage. However for these fat cats , their profit margin is more important than human lives.

  • kalabafazi - 2011-06-13 17:08

    "Not enough blood for holidays" Let's have less holidays.

  • ElginB - 2011-06-13 20:12

    Hi,at first I was also a bit upset to read that I will have to pay for blood even though me or other's give it for free. But then i thought it through, you are probably not paying for the blood, but for the equipment used, the testing, storage and transportaion. do think donors should get some sort of discount though. I am going to go and donate blood before the holiday's. Hope you do too!

  • Armchair critic - 2011-06-13 21:53

    I have never consented to receiving blood when I was admitted to hospital. And it's not for any religious reason. For that matter they can let me die. Those who say that alternative measures are to expensive, well the person whom receives the treatment, pays for it right?

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