The South African National Blood Service says it is currently within safe levels as more people are donating blood. (Photo by Gallo Images/OJ Koloti)

The SANBS says it is currently within safe levels with regard to blood stocks.Last year, the service experienced critical blood shortages, which placed just over 3 000 lives at risk.The SANBS says it is currently out of danger. The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) says it is currently within safe levels as more people are donating blood.

“For a few weeks now, we have managed to keep our blood stocks up and within safe levels. I think our donors really did come through and support us – which has since eased pressure,” communications officer Khesani Mahlangu told News24 on Wednesday.

The SANBS revealed last year it was experiencing critical blood shortages – and this placed an estimated 3 174 lives at immediate risk.

The figure was based on the supply at hand when the appeal for donations went out. It is an approximation of the number of people potentially affected if the demand remains high and blood stocks are inadequate.

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“At no point did we need to institute cutbacks or ration blood issued,” said Mahlangu.

“We thank the donors, especially during South Africa’s National Blood Donor Month, for the continued contributions made towards keeping the pulses of South Africans beating,” she said.

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— The SANBS (@theSANBS) June 2, 2021The SANBS says, at this current moment, it is out of danger.

“At 4.4 days, I would say we are stable, but we endeavour to always maintain blood stocks above five days.

“We encourage blood recipients to share their stories with fellow South Africans, to show them just how much of a difference their regular donations are making to the everyday lives of people.”