Gqeberha protests affect SANBS blood drives

Gqeberha protests affect SANBS blood drives

25 May 2021 11:46

The South African National Blood Service on Tuesday said the protest action in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) in the morning, affected its mobile blood drives negatively.

"We have had to cancel and postpone/change some scheduled blood drive dates and times. We anticipate this will continue to negatively affect our blood collections this week as we won’t be able to collect sufficient blood units that were scheduled for this week, especially today (25 May 2021)," SANBS said in a statement. 

"With the rising COVID-19 infection rates, we anticipate added pressure on our blood stocks in coming weeks. We encourage donors to continue to visit our fixed donor centres where they can still donate blood.

"Our operations are continuing as normal and all measures are being taken to protect our employees, donors and all stakeholders.

"Donors in affected areas are urged to take caution when travelling to donate blood." 

To be eligible to donate blood, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 16 and 75 years
  • Weigh 50kg or more
  • Be in good health
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Consider your blood safe for transfusion to a patient
  • Commit to donating blood regularly

To find out more about where you can donate blood, visit or call 0800 11 90 31. Connect with us on Twitter (@theSANBS), Facebook (@SANBS) and Instagram (@thesanbs).

"Don’t let South Africa run out of safe blood. Donate today!"

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