VAAL TRIANGLE - South African National Blood Service (SANBS) provides an essential service within South Africa and appeals to donors to continue donating blood, to help prevent stocks dropping. To ensure that the people who utilise SANBS facilities are protected, it is assessing donors at the doors and at access points into mobile sites. The blood service says its donation sites are regularly disinfected with alcohol. All clinics and mobile site entrances have been equipped with antiseptic sprays and alcohol wipes. Donors are also encouraged to delay donation if they are exhibiting any flu-like symptoms or signs of infection until they are in good health. In addition, the blood service requests donors who have travelled to countries with known cases to delay their donations for at least 21 days. All visitors to SANBS will be assessed via a questionnaire for Covid-19 exposure. International visitors will not be allowed entry into SANBS premises if they have travelled during the past 14 days and have not tested negative for the virus. Any urgent queries or concerns can be directed to SANBS’s Medical Director, Dr Jackie Thomson on 083 450 5841 or the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). Coronavirus hotline number on 0800 029 999 or WhatsApp number 060 012 3456.
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