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SA blood supply low

SANBS says it's struggling to maintain its preferred five day blood supply.

FILE: SANBS says it's struggling to maintain its preferred five day blood supply.  Picture: Lindiwe Mlandu/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The current blood supply is desperately low according to the South African National Blood Service (SANBS).

The organisation says it has blood stocks which will last 1.4 days and is struggling to maintain its preferred five day supply.

The agency needs to collect 3,000 units of blood daily to meet its demands.

SANBS's Vanessa Raju says supplies in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have dropped.

"We are placed in a situation where this is a major crisis. We are urging the public to please come forward because this can turn out to be a lot worse should we not pick up our levels of collection."