WC blood donors heed call

The Western Cape Blood Transfusion Service says residents are trickling in to donate blood.

The Western Cape Blood Transfusion Service says residents are trickling in to donate blood.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Blood Transfusion Service on Monday said it has noticed an increase in its supply following the launch of extra blood drives.

Last week, the organisation called on the public to donate blood after stocks ran low.

The service needs to collect 700 litres of blood a week to meet the demand at provincial hospitals.

The service's Marelize Mouton believes they are making headway.

"The extra drives, which took place during the weekend, helped a lot. At the moment, we have a two-day blood supply."

Mouton said more blood is still needed.

"We've had a great response from the public, but we still need more. We urge the public to continue supporting us."