Fees Must Fall Protests Turns Blood Crisis Shortage


The Fees Must Fall has led to a rather unintended crisis: a shortage in blood.

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) said that it was close to running on empty because they have not been able to get usual yields from blood donation drives on campus.

SANBS say that blood drives at university campuses and schools yield about 40% units of blood collected annually and although the SANBS has systems in place to minimise the effects of shortages experienced during exams, protests have been an unpredictable factor, the service said in a statement.

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Dennis Ngongoma of SANBS told Northglen News that the student protests have made it dangerous for staff to set up mobile clinics at campuses, resulting in the loss of 150 units of blood per day.

SANBS is appealing to South Africans to donate blood if they can.

The SANBS must collect about 3000 units of blood daily in order to meet daily demand for this resource and keep stock levels above the two-day mark, the statement reads.

To find you nearest donor centre or mobile visit www.sanbs.org.za or call the toll-free number 0800 11 9031.

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