GRAAFF-REINET NEWS - The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) will visit Graaff-Reinet on Monday, 13 July.
Should community members wish to support the blood drive, they can visit Te Watersaal between 11am and 4pm. The drive hopes to welcome at least 50 donors.
According to a statement by SANBS, infection control measures are in place to prohibit the transmission of Covid-19. SANBS staff are screened daily, and blood donors are screened before entering blood donation areas.
“Entry is only allowed if answers are satisfactory,” the statement read. “This is in addition to the telephonic screening being done at the recruitment stage.”
Other safety measures include:
- All donors are sprayed with hand sanitizer before entering the donation area. All SANBS hand sanitizers and disinfectant products are independently laboratory tested to ensure efficacy.
- Social distancing is encouraged by means of floor signs and staff who will intervene if sufficient space is not adhered to.
- SANBS staff are wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as surgical gloves, plastic face shields as well as face masks, also independently laboratory tested.
- All staff are trained on the correct use and maintenance of the various PPE items.
- Donor beds are disinfected after each donation.
- Donor beds are placed at least 2 meters apart and SANBS Bus blood drives are limited to one donor per bus at a time, regardless of 2 beds being available.
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