Residents in the Western Cape have been urged to donate blood, following Premiere Alan Winde’s announcement that only one day’s supply is available at the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS).
“The Western Cape Blood Service informed us that their blood supply is critically low, with just one day’s supply left. I am therefore calling on the residents to please donate as soon as possible,” urged Winde.
“During my visit to the WCBS blood donation centre in Long Street today, I was also informed that the WCBS has struggled in recent weeks to maintain the necessary blood stock levels. At the same time, there is an increasing demand for blood to perform transfusions within our healthcare system,” Winde added.
Donating blood saves up to three people’s lives, and help those who have suffered injuries, given childbirth, suffer from anaemia or who have blood disorders as well as cancer treatment patients.
The WCBS’s low blood supply has been deemed critical in numerous blood groups. These include the one-day supply left for O blood groups, and two days for B and A blood groups.
To help with the blood supply shortage, residents are encouraged with necessity to go to a blood donation clinic.
For more information, you can:
- Download the WCBS app
- Send the WCBS a WhatsApp on 060 549 7244
- or visit wcbs.org.za