SANBS launches awareness campaign to increase festive season blood donation

VAAL TRIANGLE - The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has launched an awareness campaign that aims to increase blood donations ahead of the holiday season. SANBS communications specialist Khensani Mahlangu said the latest campaign's goal was to reach five days' stock before the festive season kicked off. She told 702 last month that they need to collect 500 units of blood on average daily and unfortunately at the moment they are falling short. Mahlangu said having five days’ stock available gives assurance that they will be able to meet demand and also gives a safety net in instances where they needed to dispense more blood than usual. She said the festive season also puts added pressure on the available stock. According to Mahlangu, fewer than 1% of South Africans are blood donors, yet eight in 10 people will need a blood transfusion at some point. Asked about who can donate blood, Mahlangu said SANBS was looking for healthy persons between 16 and 65 years old.

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