Western Cape critical blood shortage

The Western Cape Blood Service is experiencing a critically shortage in blood stocks, particularly the O+ and B+ groups.

Gloria Kula donates blood. The province is critically short of blood, particularly the O+ and B+ groups.

The Western Cape Blood Service is experiencing a critical shortage of blood stocks, particularly the O+ and B+ blood groups. It only has enough blood to support the demand in these two blood groups for one-day.

The service is appealing to eligible donors from all blood groups to donate blood at the closest blood-donation clinic, which is N1 City Mall, shop 3. One donation can save up to three lives, and the service says all safety measures are in place to protect donors and staff.

Western Cape Blood Service spokeswoman Marike Gevers said the service had to maintain a five-day blood-stock level to keep up with demand.

If you are between the ages of 16 and 75, weigh 50kg or more, are healthy on the day of donation, lead a safe sexual lifestyle and would like to save three lives in just 30 minutes, you should be able to donate.

N1 City Mall, shop 3, is open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5.45pm; Saturday, from 9am to 2.45pm; and Sunday and public holidays, from 9am to 12.45pm.

To find your closest blood-donation clinic download the service’s app or WhatsApp 060 549 7244.