SANBS is in need of blood donations. On April 17 the team from SANBS in Mbombela visited Barberton at the Pick n Pay centre as part of its drive to get donors.
Relebohile Kobeli, a donor relations officer from Mbombela, said the school holidays always affected the amount of blood received from donors.
“We need 3 000 units on a daily basis. However, since the students usually help us reach the target by donating, and they have gone home, we go through tough times, mostly during Easter and Christmas holidays,” said Kobeli.
O blood type is the most needed.”We always advise people with O-type blood to donate, because their blood can be used by other types of blood groups. We still urge everyone with different types to donate too.”
“The national blood supply is currently at just 1,6 days’ group O stock, amounting to just over 1 500 units of O blood available around the country,” said Silungile Mlambo, national marketing manager for SANBS.
“The blood donated is used mostly for women giving birth, cancer patients, and people undergoing surgery, and since it is during Easter holidays, blood is also needed for car-accident patients, since the roads are busy.
“Every moment of the day there is someone out there who needs blood, just like at this very moment,” said Kobeli.
The team will visit Barberton again on April 27. The community is urged to go out and make a difference.
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“We also visit the town every first Wednesday of the month. For those who would like to donate blood, they can go to Barberton Methodist Church.”
So many people in life-threatening situations require blood.
“It’s not just blood. It’s saving people’s lives, through a simple, easy donation,” says Mlambo.
To find out more about donating blood, and to locate your nearest SANBS donor centre, visit www.sanbs.org.za or call 0800-11-90-31.