ONGOING strikes have hit the Eastern Cape's blood supply, with the SA National Blood Service (SANBS) losing out on 10% of its donations this month.
SANBS Port Elizabeth's Maryke Harris said the service had only been able to collect 90% of its target this month, and expected the situation to worsen.
"Our roving blood donor teams are stuck at the office as it is very difficult to organise a blood drive at another business at short notice," she said.
"We really need blood stocks in the O and B groups."
Harris said there was only enough blood for 3.8 days, below the preferred reserve of five days. – Estelle Ellis