KwaZulu-Natal is facing a severe blood shortage, with less than one day’s supply of blood available.

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) warned that November could be a “testing month” as it was facing critical blood shortages.

The shortage is largely due to the fact that it cannot hold blood drives at schools and universities across the country during the end of year examinations.

SANBS said there was only one-and-a-half days of O type, while the situation in KwaZulu-Natal seemed dire with less than one day’s supply of blood available.

The blood supply in the province is currently at 0.7 days of stock (129 units), compared with a usual healthy blood stock for KZN of 500 units.

The situation has reached a critical level in KwaZulu-Natal and SANBS appeals to all South Africans – active donors, lapsed donors and potential donors – to go to their local donor centre and donate blood to bolster the national blood stock.

So many people in life-threatening situations require blood. It is what saves a haemorrhaging mother’s life so that she can raise and love the baby she has just brought into the world. It is what saves someone suffering complications during major surgery. It is what helps cancer patients endure and survive treatment.

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