The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) says there is a shortage of blood in KwaZulu-Natal.

The SANBS has urged the public to find 30 minutes of their time to donate blood, and help save lives.

SANBS  targets people between the ages of 16 and 65 years old for first time donors.

They should weigh a minimum of 50 kg, be in good health, and live a low risk lifestyle.

KwaZulu-Natal SANBS Regional Marketing Manager, Sifiso Khoza says their blood stocks are very low.

“As of this morning the South African Blood Service in KwaZulu-Natal got 1.5 days stock, so that means that the blood that we have as of this morning at 9 o’clock will only keep us going for one day and a half. If we talk about the quantities that we are having on hand we’ve only got 207 units of blood, As the KZN we need 500 units of blood every single day of the year in order to be able to supply the various hospitals and other emergency personnel who need blood,” says Khoza.

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