Urgent call from SANBS for blood donors

The South African National Blood Services is running out of blood.

SANBS Regional Marketing Manager Ivor Hobbs says on a daily basis they need around 3 200 units of blood.

We are specifically struggling in KwaZulu Natal - but there is also a national problem at the moment.

Ivor Hobbs, South African National Blood Service Regional Marketing Manager

Hobbs says Group O type, the universal blood group, is the most common blood type and most in demand.

We are sitting at about two days of Group O positive stock specifically.

Ivor Hobbs, South African National Blood Service Regional Marketing Manager

With less than 15% of South Africans donating blood, we really want to appeal to people to consider taking up the cause and making an effort by donating blood.

Ivor Hobbs, South African National Blood Service Regional Marketing Manager

Hobbs further says most people do not donate blood because of fear of the needle and other myths.

Donating blood is not a painful experience and he explains the misconceptions about the process.

Take a listen to how easy it is to donate blood:


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