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.
For info regarding a SANBS donor centre near you, click on https://sanbs.org.za/donor-centres/
Photo caption: 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.
Note to electronic media: IsiZulu and English sound bite attached
Issued by the KZN Department of Health