Blood donations needed from 10% of the WC population in order to meet demand

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service is planning to light up Table mountain in red, to celebrate World Blood Donor Day and show appreciation to the many blood donors.

CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson speaks to Marlize van der Merwe, PRO for The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service.

According to van der Merwe, they have about 85 000 blood donors in the Western Cape out of a population of 5.8 million. That means only 1.5% currently donate blood.

She says they need about 10 percent of the population to regularly donate blood in order to meet the demand for blood.

In order to become a donor, van der Merwe says -:

  • You have to be between the age of 18 - 65
  • Weigh more than 50 kg

  • You have to be in good health, no colds and flu
  • Live a safe sexual lifestyle

Van der Merwe explained the whole process and procedure of donating blood (listen to audio below).

The process takes about 20 - 30 minutes and they draw about 475 ml of blood. One donation can save three lives, she say.

For more info visit their website

Listen to the full conversation below:

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