The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is issuing an urgent plea for blood donations as the country faces a critical shortage in blood stock levels. The scarcity is primarily attributed to the ongoing festive season, with a significant number of regular blood donors either traveling or on holiday.
Khensani Mahlangu, the spokesperson for the National Blood Service, emphasized the essential need for donations during this challenging period. While acknowledging the expected decline in blood stocks during the holiday season, Mahlangu highlighted that recovery solely depends on continuous contributions from the public.
“Contingency plans are in place to collect additional blood, but the numbers are not always guaranteed. Donations need to happen throughout December, and we are continually inviting people to donate,” stated Mahlangu.
She further underscored the critical role of blood donation in saving lives, noting, “Each of us knows someone who has received a blood transfusion at one point or another. People suffering from chronic illnesses may require regular transfusions, and since blood cannot be manufactured or substituted in nature, donations remain indispensable.”
As SANBS intensifies its call for contributions, the organization seeks to raise awareness about the importance of donating blood, especially during the festive season when the demand is high, and supplies are at risk of depletion.