SANBS makes urgent appeal for blood donors

The SANBS says it needs at least 3,000 units of blood every day in order to save lives this festive season.

The SANBS says it needs at least 3,000 units of blood every day in order to save lives and sustain its services this festive season. Picture: Lindiwe Mlandu/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) says it needs at least 3,000 units of blood every day in order to save lives and sustain its services this festive season.

It says hospitals are at risk of experiencing blood shortages during this period because of the number of road accidents.

Ordinary citizens have been urged to donate blood and help victims of trauma accidents.

The organisation's Vanessa Raju says each contribution increases the chance of a life being saved.

"When people are trying to make their resolutions for 2014, I hope they will add blood donations to the list. If you donate four times a year, you can save up to 12 lives with those four pints of blood."