Exams blamed for blood shortages


The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) says there is a critical shortage of blood in the Free State, Northern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.

According to the Regional Marketing Manager for SANBS, Ivor Hobbs, the matric and university exams as well as holidays are the major hurdle in their quest to conduct regular blood collections during this period.

Hobbs says they are currently operating at a two-day bloodstock; therefore, faced with the current situation, they are heavily relying on the general public, during this time, to boost their blood bank.

Hobbs says that once the exams are over, the situation should improve.

“With the schools and universities closed, blood collections go down. Therefore, we will be in several shopping centres, as well as at donor centres so the public can donate blood,” says Hobbs.

He also added that November will probably be a tough month in terms of blood collections.