Donating blood – a lifesaving necessity  

COVID-19 has seen a major decline in blood donation throughout South Africa. And according to The South African National Blood Service (SANBS), one blood donation can help save up to three people’s lives.

14 June was World Blood Donor Day, aimed at raising awareness of the need for safe blood donations and to thank willing donors. Every drop of blood counts, and in honour of World Blood Donor Day, CZ Electronics is joining the call to all South Africans to help curb the blood crisis.

An appeal to all South Africans

SANBS launched a series of blood collection drives nationwide, and many companies across the country stepped up to donate valuable litres, including CZ Electronics. SANBS called on eligible donors to help reach the daily collection target of at least 4000 units of blood, each of which could save a minimum of three lives, as blood is separated into red blood cells, plasma and platelets.

There are several SANBS blood donation centres that are open to the public and they can all be located on the SANBS website via their online map. But employers have also been invited to host their own blood drives at their offices for the convenience of their staff members.

Leaders at companies, churches, universities, and schools can all increase the number of willing donors by making venues available, and signing up to host a blood drive can be done on sanbs.org.za, where you can also book a blood drive and find other ways of getting involved.

Help stop the loss of life

With blood stocks now critically low, emergency services are under increased pressure when they try to stop the possible loss of lives, and healthy donors are needed more than ever to keep South Africa’s lifeblood flowing.

The need for blood donations in this difficult time is at its highest possible point. On a daily basis, blood is required to save lives in hospitals around the country. CZ Electronics would like to call on all South Africans to donate at their local participating Blood Bank. Just a few minutes of time out of your day can make the much-needed difference between life and death.

To find out where you can save a life by donating blood, visit www.sanbs.org.za.

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