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SANBS urges South Africans to donate blood ahead of the festive season

Neelam Rahim |

3-minute read
O3 December 2023 | 18:33 CAT

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It is that time of the year when millions of South Africans start to pack their vehicles for the long road towards their holiday destinations. But as happens every festive season, the country also experiences many deadly accidents as motorists are in a hurry to get to their holiday destinations and do not take the necessary precautions.

Donations often decline during the festive season as families go on holiday, but the demand is still high.

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) currently faces low bloodstock, posing a risk to patients in need and urges donors to donate before leaving home.

Since the implementation of the new digital donor questionnaire, aimed at streamlining the donor registration process, which took place on November 7, SANBS has seen a steady decline in blood donations, with blood stocks currently at only 1.8 days’ supply, pushing the available blood to critically low levels across the country.

“This blood shortage may affect the lives of numerous individuals reliant on blood transfusions. The technical issues experienced with the implementation have since been resolved, and donors can look forward to an enhanced donor experience,” states the SANBS.

The strain on the blood supply impacts patients relying on blood transfusion and undermines the preparedness to handle unforeseen emergencies, creating an alarming ripple effect at healthcare facilities.

“We are facing a critical shortage of blood and urgently call upon all South Africans to band together to get through this challenging period,” urges the SANBS.

“The demand for blood remains constant, yet our current supply falls short of meeting this ongoing need,” the statement added.

Donating blood is a safe process that takes only 30 minutes. SANBS urges all eligible and healthy individuals to visit their nearest donation site and contribute to this life-saving cause.

Every donation matters and holds the power to save lives, and each contribution is a lifeline to someone in desperate need.

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