WESTERN CAPE NEWS - The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) is turning the month of November into "Ovember". It appeals to new and regular donors, especially the O blood group donors, to donate to keep blood stocks at a five-day level.
"The upcoming festive season highlights the fact that more O donors are needed," says Michelle Vermeulen, public relations manager. "This is mainly due to the fact that O donors are universal blood donors. O-negative blood can be transfused to all blood groups. O-positive blood can be transfused to all positive blood groups."
Vermeulen says the demand for O-positive blood is also high due to the fact that one in three South Africans are O-positive.
Although the month of Ovember highlights the need for O blood donors, the WCBS appeals to all donors to help keep its blood stock at five days. "We need new and regular donors who belong to all blood groups to donate blood," she added.
If you are older than 16 and younger than 75, weigh more than 50kg, are healthy on the day of donation and lead a safe sexual lifestyle you can be a blood donor.
To find out where you can donate, visit www.wcbs.org.za, call 021 507 6300 or SMS "Blood" to 33507.
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