Kemptonians donate 15 litres of blood to save lives

DONOR care officer Itumeleng Sephapho collecting blood from René Taljaard. Taljaard was a first-time donor but plans on donating more regularly.

KEMPTONIANS came out in their numbers on Saturday and collectively donated 15 litres of blood.

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) visited Glen Acres Shopping Centre, Glen Marais, where they hosted a blood drive in a bid to stock up on their supply.

The SANBS is currently facing a shortage of blood in the country. They managed to collect 30 units of blood, which will go towards saving a life.

According to the SANBS, the blood supply in South Africa has gone down to just 1.5 days of Group O stock.

The blood service is, therefore, calling on all blood donors to come forward to donate blood urgently, to stop cancer sufferers, people in life-threatening situations and anyone else who needs or relies on blood transfusions being at risk.

CLINIC supervisor Sister Vuyi Gina helping Gerrie Knoetze fill out his questionnaire.

“The blood stock is dangerously low. The blood supply is currently at just 1.5 days Group O stock, amounting to less than 1 500 units of O blood available around the country,” says Silungile Mlambo, national marketing manager for the SANBS.

“A healthy blood stock is 5 000 units of O blood a day. The situation, simply, is critical. We are appealing to South Africans – active donors, lapsed donors and potential donors – to stand together right now to bolster the national blood stock and we thank them, in advance, for pulling together.”

Mlambo says blood is critical for cancer patients and women in childbirth – who constitute by far the greatest groups of people requiring blood transfusions.

“So many people in life-threatening situations require blood. It’s what saves a haemorrhaging mother’s life so that she can raise and love the baby she has just brought into the world. It’s what saves someone suffering complications during major surgery. It’s what helps cancer patients endure and survive treatment. And that’s the point: it’s not just blood. It’s saving people’s lives, through a simple, easy donation,” says Mlambo.

FIRST-time blood donor Vian Knoetze (29) has his blood tested by Sister Vuyi Gina (clinic supervisor).

The SANBS is therefore urgently appealing to South Africans to step forward and donate blood immediately.

“More than that, however, the SANBS appeals to residents to become regular donors. By donating blood only four times a year, we can easily avoid situations such as the one in which we find ourselves,” says Mlambo.

To find out more about donating blood and to locate your nearest SANBS donor centre, visit sanbs.org.za or call 0800 11 90 31.

For more information, contact Apaphia Lefatle on [email protected] or call 011 440 4841 or 076 7910 913.

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