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Be healthy to donate blood

The donation of blood is crucial to thousands of people who need the gift of life.

There is no artificial substitute for blood.

According to Dr Dominique Scott from Johannesburg, the need for blood never stops.

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) stated that donating just a unit of blood can save up to three lives of those in dire need of it.

The blood supply in South Africa is at a critical low.

Less than 3 000 units of blood are available around the country.

Blood is only collected from voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors who lead safe lifestyles. These donors must meet the minimum criteria for donating blood.

Blood donors need to weigh at least 50 kg, be 16 to 65 years old, be in good health and lead a safe sexual lifestyle. The donor must consider their blood safe for transfusion. Regular donors may only donate every 56 days.

Conditions that make you an unsuitable blood donor include:

  • low or high blood pressure;
  • low iron levels;
  • pregnancy;
  • recent surgery; and
  • using specific medications such as Roacutaine, Misoprostol or chemotherapy drugs (a full list of medication is available on the SANBS website).

Your blood is not safe for transfusion if you are HIV positive, if you lead an unsafe sexual lifestyle or if you have ever been injected with drugs or substances not prescribed by a doctor.

The SANBS in Kroonstad is situated at Shop 2, Checkers Centre, North Road.

The business hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00, and on Saturdays from 09:00 to 14:00.

Dial 056-212-2862/3

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