CNS Reporter
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11 Jan 2018
10:26 am

South African National Blood Service’s blood shortage woes continue

CNS Reporter

The South African National Blood Service is constantly faced with a bloodstock deficit, requiring, on average, 3 000 units of blood to treat thousands of patients daily.

Of the 54 million South African population, only 480,000 people – which is less than 1% of the population – are active donors.

Alarming shortages in blood supply have become increasingly evident for the South African National Blood Service (Sanbs) as it faces a constant battle to deliver the life-saving resource to those who need it most, City Buzz reports.

“We never have enough,” Sifiso Khoza, spokesperson for the Sanbs, said. “We need 3 000 units of blood every single day of the year and, unfortunately, we hardly ever meet that target.”

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Khoza added that the festive season is traditionally a difficult time for the Sanbs, as the organisation faces an increased demand to treat patients, including those who are terminally ill as well as those who have experienced trauma incidents.

“Of the 54 million South African population, we’ve only got 480 000 donors, which is less than 1 per cent of the population that are active donors. However, regarding the issue of accidents, only 4 per cent of all the blood that we collect actually goes towards these – which is evidently very minute.

“It is only possible to meet the demand with the help of regular and committed blood donors. Blood donors are extraordinary South Africans. They are the reason that healthcare workers in hospitals across the country can do their challenging jobs with more ease. We absolutely can’t do without this special type of volunteer.”

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