Blood bank running dry

WC Blood Transfusion Service needs to up its blood intake to supply hospitals by this week.

A person donates blood. Picture: Lindiwe Mlandu/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Blood Transfusion Service still needs hundreds of units of blood to meet its hospital supply, officials said on Monday.

The organisation has increased its blood drives in an effort to gear up more stock.

The service's Marelize Mouton said they have noticed a slight increase and have managed to build a three-day supply of reserves.

However, she said 700 units are needed to meet the demand of hospitals, and they are hopeful their target will be reached.

"We have various clinics taking part throughout the Western Cape this week, again. We have our mobile units and we have very big residential clinics involved as well," said Mouton.

"We would need to collect an extra 400 to 500 units this week to reach an ideal five to seven days stock before the weekend."