Public encouraged to donate blood during festive season

The SANBS says blood levels can change during public holidays as collection is minimal.

FILE: The organisation says it has four days of blood supply left in stock. Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - As traffic volumes increase during the festive season, the South African National Blood

Service (SANBS) is encouraging the public to donate blood.

The organisation says while it has four days of blood supply left in stock, levels can change during public holidays as collection is minimal, which has an added impact of availability in the weeks ahead.

SANBS spokesperson Vanessa Raju says there is generally a shortage of blood during the festive period because people do not donate as regularly as they would during the year.

"I think it's important for the public to understand that we cannot manufacture blood or have it ordered; it's really with the help of the public, their generosity and goodwill in terms of voluntary and coming in to donate blood. This is a big gift to people who are reliant on blood transfusion as part of their treatment plan."