SA running out of blood

2011-10-11 17:58

Johannesburg - South Africa's blood stocks are running extremely low with a reserve of less than two days remaining, the SA National Blood Service (SANBS) said on Tuesday.

It said the minimum standard requirement was a reserve stock of at least five days.

The service urged the public to donate blood without delay at the nearest donor centre.

"This critical blood shortage has resulted in SANBS requesting all hospitals and medical staff to cut back on planned operations," it said.

  • Richard Butler - 2011-10-11 18:05

    Will blood donors get a rebate or discount on their National Health payments?

      Jason - 2011-10-11 18:34

      if they die, let them die... if its ur time, its ur time... stop with ur blood scandal

      Spetnaz - 2011-10-12 08:07

      @jason - such a douche bag comment. Go back to Jersey Shore you toss!

  • Honestly - 2011-10-11 18:12

    Why should I donate my blood free of charge when you guys charge a fortune to people who receive it? Where does this money go? Another blackjack with fancy car etc.?

      DerpyHooves - 2011-10-11 18:27

      Uhm, it's quite expensive to collect the blood, the staff needs to be paid and there are a lot of disposable material used. Add the cost of testing and processing the blood, then it can be quite an expensive endeavour.

      SAJoe - 2011-10-11 20:05

      If you want a paid donor service like the USA, watch out! Countries with voluntary donation have far safer blood. I would never trust a blood product from the US unless a recombitant one.

  • cuckoo2011 - 2011-10-11 18:24

    I used to be a regular blood donor (for more than 15 years) ... but since all personnel of SANBS are black, and donors are almost exclusively white, I decided to stop. Call me a racist, I don't care anymore. You can't have anything for free from me.

      DerpyHooves - 2011-10-11 18:30

      Why are black personal a problem? *Honest question*

      Honestly - 2011-10-11 18:30


      Andysor - 2011-10-11 20:30

      What an abhorrent stance. I donate because I know I or someone close to me could need it one day. Heard of the golden rule?

  • Lydon - 2011-10-11 18:34

    They don't want my blood, so they don't get it.

  • Crashdan - 2011-10-11 18:35

    The Vampires are out there i tell you! They robbing Jozi's blood supply!

      OBZERVER - 2011-10-12 08:12

      Nice... Too bad the only Vamps I can think of is financial ones hehehe

  • Noc - 2011-10-11 18:41

    They turned me away, because "their" doctor said "rather not", instead of doing a bit of research, after I had a signed letter faxed from my Doc saying the meds I take pose no risk and I can donate. I'm AB+, and my Doc urged me to donate blood due to the rarity of the group, but the SANBS can go f*ck themselves for wasting everyone's time due to being lazy idiots.

  • Majordad.007 - 2011-10-11 18:45

    Never ever pay people for their blood. USA made that mistake and has to pay a price to make greater checks because of blood quality. Haemophiliac members have been infected because the person who was paid had the Big A. What is required is a reduction in the cost of receiving blood as a patient if you are a donor. I cannot give blood because of medication so I must pay along with the rest! Tough

  • darkwing - 2011-10-11 18:48

    I hope if all you negative people (not your blood type) never need blood. When you lie in a puddle of your own blood at a crime or accident scene remember that you don't want blood from the lazy, greedy SANB.

      darkwing - 2011-10-11 19:02

      Poor zot, what does a medical aid and poor people have to do with this? Where do you think the bloody private hospital get their blood from? Idiot! All the medical aid in the world does not help if blood is not collected by SANBS.

  • Bill - 2011-10-11 18:49

    No wonder with all these government vampires sucking us dry...!

  • FrankieM - 2011-10-11 18:51

    I became a blood donor at 16 and gave 102 pints before I contracted Hepatitis, now I am unable to donate ever again. The sad thing is, if I should need blood I would have to pay the earth for it. But what about what I had already donated? does that mean anything. SANBS can go screw themselves

      PinkandProud - 2011-10-12 00:15

      I had to have planned surgery and gave my own blood a few weeks before to be put back into me during the operation and the SANBS charged me for it!

  • cuckoo2011 - 2011-10-11 19:06

    @DerpyHooves... "Why are black personal a problem? *Honest question* " *Honest answer* 1. AIDS, as we are talking very close "blood" contact here, I do not like to play Life-Lotto. SA-Blacks have a VERY high HIV rate... and whites not. 2. Language, it really makes sense to have people help someone in serious trouble (as CAN happen with blood donation) in their own language, and understand, comprehend and speak it clearly. 3. Fed up. Your kind have been milking my kind for tax etc., so sorry, but you can't have my BLOOD as well!

      Mack - 2011-10-11 20:26

      Your answer maybe be honest but not necessarily true. 1. The people who take your blood are highly trained health professionals. yes, blacks have a high HIV rate, but not ALL blacks have HIV and certainly highly unlikely amongst health professionals.If you don't feel safe, then you can always request that the person who take your blood be HIV- 2- you are donating blood, not spilling your beans on a shrinks couch. All you need to do is pass the prerequisites (questionnaire available in most languages as well an iron level test). Then you need to lie on a bed and have your blood taken and then off you go 30 min of your time that will benefit your fellow compatriot in need. Also again you will find at most blood centers that the staff speak the local languages. 3.You are just ignorant. Everyone who is taxable gets taxed. (I understand the counter about corruption an poor service deliver, but yet again this is a problem that most south Africans black and white face, not just your kind) It is sad to read such an ignorant and subjective comment. You are supposed to be showing your Ubuntu by donating blood, yet you demand to get something back for that. people are better off without your tainted blood

      DerpyHooves - 2011-10-11 21:01

      "Your Kind?" I'm a white university student! To rebuke your augment; 1. you are generalising, since you don't want to play the "life-lotto", you should know that there are whites with HIV (though in a smaller percentage). 2. When I donate, it's usually with a friendly (Afrikaans, nogals) sister. The few times a black sister was assigned to me, where unremarkable, they were just as professional and friendly as their white counter parts. 3. Invalid argument. Money doesn't make blood. And for once, you can give a renewable source of life to someone in a car accident or a gunshot victim.

  • burtfred - 2011-10-11 19:07

    A very large percentage of potential donors are also in the high risk category for HIV. The highest percenatge in the world, to be more precise. If I knew that the blood they were about to pump into me comes from a young, black South African, I would politely decline and take my chances.

      cuckoo2011 - 2011-10-11 19:25

      Wise comment!

      Mack - 2011-10-11 20:58

      You clearly don't know or understand how things operate at the blood centers. SANBS does realize that they operate in south Africa (the country with one of the highest prevalence for HIV)The test every single pint that has been donated for any STIs and HIV. Also blood is given anonymously so you will never know who donated the blood that will save your life, only the blood type. It is good that you are aware who the demographic of HIV patients is, but you seriously need to educate yourself. No accredited health facility will give you infected blood and if by some unlikely chance you do get infect like this, then you sue the government accordingly

      Sit-hole - 2011-10-11 21:29

      Mack. I get what you are saying. but "sue the government accordingly" For some people, No amount of compensation is worth the risk.

  • Hells Bells - 2011-10-11 19:36

    Pay blood donors, then there won't be a shortage. People who need it have to pay a fortune!

  • one-way - 2011-10-11 20:32

    Give blood prior to own op. Save yourself.Don`t bank on SANBS

  • Antonio da Cruz - 2011-10-11 21:39

    No more free blood, R1000.00 per pint, take it or leave it. Allowing the sale of blood would help the poor feed themselves and no more shortages.

  • Odinist - 2011-10-12 02:49

    I will donate to friends and family when needed. Days of charity are over, it died with jesus.

  • Craig Louw - 2011-10-12 04:08

    Same Here, if anyone I know needs blood I'll donate. Forget charity the people I surround myself with I actually like. Just imagine J M needs blood and they give him mine. Forget it!!

  • Prof - 2011-10-12 07:47


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