We can all save lives by donating a pint of blood, says KZN health MEC, as blood bank is left with enough blood for just three days.

03 January 2018

NOBODY should die in a hospital in KwaZulu-Natal just because there is a shortage of blood. And we, the public, can make all the difference to ensure that this does not happen. This is the message from KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo ,who today once again donated a pint of blood at a South African National Blood Service depot at Umlazi Mega City.

With the main source of blood – students – being away for the holidays, and factories closed, the SANBS currently has enough blood to last just 3 days in KwaZulu-Natal.

MEC Dhlomo, who is a regular universal O-blood type donor, said: “We often hear of a shortage of blood and that is always concerning because if there’s a shortage, then it means you can’t access blood from our hospitals. So, I’m here to give my contribution but also to plead with South Africans consider donating a pint of blood. One pint of blood can help a pregnant woman who has bled too much, or a cancer patient who needs it, or someone who may be in an accident. So, it’s a gift of life. And it’s a great thing because you’re giving it to someone you don’t even know. And you yourself may need that blood tomorrow. It’s a good thing to do. In fact, it is Godly, because it’s about giving another person the precious gift of life. I would wish that nobody should die in a hospital just because we are short of blood. We all need to mitigate against that.”

In order to become a blood donor you must:

  • Weigh at least 50kg
  • Be between the ages of 16-65
  • Lead a safe sexual lifestyle
  • Be in general good health; and
  • Consider your blood safe for transfusion to a patient.

ENDS

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Issued by the KZN Department of Health

KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo donates blood at the SANBS’s donor centre at Mega City in Umlazi, while clinic supervisor Sister Ntombifuthi Cele looks on
KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo donates blood at the SANBS’s donor centre at Mega City in Umlazi, while clinic supervisor Sister Ntombifuthi Cele looks on

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