Coronavirus no reason not to donate blood

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Despite the coronavirus scare, it is still possible to donate blood.

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) was at Protea Spar in Ebden Street on Tuesday, encouraging people in Komani to fill a pint.

“We know the whole world, including our country, is currently dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. We want to assure everyone it has nothing to do with blood donation, it is not transferable through your blood but through the saliva,” said Vusumzi Grootboom, a member of the SANBS team.

“We call on everyone who is interested, who can donate and is eligible to do so to come and join us.

“We have control measures here (at our station). People are washing their hands and we have hand sanitizers so rest assured that you will be safe. A person qualifies when they are over 16 and less than 75 years of age, with a weight of more than 50kg. You must be living a healthy lifestyle.

“People should come out in numbers. There is a shortage of blood all over the world and rhe Eastern Cape is no different,” he said.

Qhama Kwaza, 18, who was donating blood, said it was a very fulfilling experience.

“I saw the SANBS banner and decided to pop in. It is something I have been doing since school. It is a lifestyle at this point and I feel great doing it.

“There is nothing to it, people must not feel scared. It is a small prick and it is over before you know it,” she said.

For more information on the coronavirus and whether it is safe to donate blood you can visit the SANBS website.

Their offices in Komani are open Mondays and Thursdays from 10am to 6pm. The SANBS team is out on blood drives on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in Komani and surrounding towns including Cradock, Molteno, Cathcart and others.

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