Veteran blood service staffer puts up her arm

NURSING sister Gerda Esterhuizen, a South African National Blood Service (SANBS) staff member for the past 32 years, donated her 200th unit of blood at the Port Elizabeth Blood Donor Centre last week – a milestone achievement, reflecting a life-long commitment to care for and serve her patients.

Esterhuizen’s dedication highlights the latest “Healthcare Worker Blood Drive” promotion that will kick off in the Eastern Cape tomorrow.

The campaign is aimed at every doctor, nurse and pharmacist; every paramedic, radiographer and technician; and anyone dedicating their days to caring for the sick and injured, the premature and the elderly, including non-medical staff and any other support staff members.

The message is simple: “Lend an arm. Donate blood and prevent harm. Donate a unit for your patient.”

The Eastern Cape launch is at Netcare Greenacres Hospital tomorrow from 9am to 5pm and will include a big blood drive with a target to collect at least 80 units of blood. The launch also includes special goodie bags for donors (while stocks last) and an Algoa FM outside broadcast.

If you are in good health, between the ages of 16 and 65, weigh more than 50kg, and lead a sexually safe lifestyle, you are invited to take part in this life saving initiative. Blood drives are scheduled to take place between 9am and 3pm at the following hospitals:

  • Life St George’s and Netcare Greenacres, tomorrow;

  • Dora Nginza, on Monday March 18;

  • Life Mercantile Hospital, Wednesday March 20;

  • Provincial Hospital (Uitenhage), Friday March 22 and

  • Netcare Cuyler Hospital (Uitenhage) Wednesday March 27.

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