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South Africa faces a critical blood shortage as 2020 draws to a close.

Currently, the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) faces a huge blood shortage with far below than the minimum of five days stock required to deal with the country’s needs.

Vision Tactical together with its partners have joined hands with the SANBS to initiate a mobile blood donation drive for residents in the Houghton, Rosebank, Killarney and the Norwood area, however the blood drive is open to all eligible to donate.

Director of Vision Tactical Yaseen Theba believes tough times lie ahead unless people step up and donate.

“Traditionally, December is a difficult time for emergency services including the SANBS, and we know that we have some tough times ahead if donors do not respond to our call to lend a helping hand.”

The SANBS has urged all eligible donors to visit their nearest mobile and fixed donor centres in order to save more lives this festive season.

Theba has thanked individuals who have donated blood and encouraged those who have not yet donated blood to start donating.

“It is important to raise wider awareness that blood donation is a heroic action that benefits all of society and that an adequate supply can only be ensured through regular donations by voluntary blood donors.”

Donating blood is an act of solidarity with lives having been saved through blood donation, we urge people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so, particularly young people.

Safe blood donations play a vital role in providing effective and prompt care for patients in need. This is how ordinary people can be there for someone else by giving blood and sharing life.

Donating blood is an expression of community participation in the health system, and the importance of community participation in maintaining sufficient, safe and sustainable blood supplies. Let us promote the community values of blood donation in enhancing community solidarity and social cohesion and in encouraging people to care for one another and build a caring community.