Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Critical Blood Shortage Donate Now!

It does not auger well to receive information about the critical shortage of blood experienced across the country. According to the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) there is currently less than one day’s blood supply in stock in KwaZulu-Natal.

Hospitals in the Province require 500 units of blood daily to meet the needs of patients requiring blood transfusions. In the past few days, the KwaZulu-Natal Province had to be sent blood from Gauteng as well as the Free State to meet shortages.

To face these shortages, SANBS in KwaZulu-Natal is appealing to the public to donate blood. For every unit of blood donated, three patients may be assisted. Blood is broken down into components red blood cells, platelets and plasma with patients receiving what they need.

With the FIFA 2010 World Cup looming, it is important that an adequate supply of blood be maintained for the duration of the tournament. It is estimated that as many as 450 000 fans from across the globe will attend this event. No fewer than 5 National Teams will have their training camps in the Province; this is in addition to the games that will be played at the Moses Mabhiba Stadium.

The Province is likely to experience a temporary population explosion for the duration of the tournament and could be found wanting in respect of the supply of blood should the situation not be rectified soon, and maintained throughout this important event.

An appeal is made to Members of the Association, as well as their employees, to DONATE BLOOD as soon as possible. Individuals between the ages of 16 and 65, who weigh more than 50 kilograms and lead a safe sexual lifestyle, are urged to become blood donors. Certain medical conditions are acceptable and these may be discussed with Staff of the SANBS.

Pieter Rautenbach


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