The SANBS team along with role-players are urging the public to donate the gift of life this festive season.
As the festive season approaches, the demands of daily day life still continue, like in the case of doctors, who work hard at saving lives and in most cases can only do so with the help of blood and blood products.
Regional marketing manager of the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), Sifiso Khoza said, “Traditionally, December is a difficult time for SANBS, as we are unable to collect the 3000 units of blood a day that is needed to treat patients, like those who are terminally ill, let alone any trauma incidents.”
This was highlighted at the 2018 SANBS breakfast which was held at Coastlands Hotel, recently.
Khoza explained that if previous year’s blood stock levels, over the same period, is anything to go by, they know that they have some tough times ahead.
“Every day, we depend on the generosity of volunteers to roll up a sleeve to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for those in need, and today that need is urgent,” he stressed.
The public is encouraged to find 30 minutes this holiday period to donate blood, because while they are relaxing and enjoying the break, their blood will be out there saving up to three lives.
“Today, the SANBS asks the South African public for help. As we head into the busy holiday season, we are facing a particularly challenging situation and need blood and platelet donors to replenish the blood supply for hospital patients counting on us,” said Khoza.
The KZN region has planned various special blood drive promotions over the festive season and into January with extended hours and additional weekend blood drives.
The idea is to remain on people’s minds and to be accessible, convenient and visible.
“It is only possible to meet the demand with the help of regular and committed blood donors. Blood donors are extraordinary South Africans,” he added.
They are the reason that healthcare workers in hospitals across the country can do their challenging jobs with more ease.
“We absolutely can’t do without this special type of volunteers,” concluded Khoza.