June 27, 2014 3:44 pm
Updated: June 27, 2014 3:51 pm

Blood donations badly needed as national supply dips to 5-year low

Canadian Blood Services needs Saskatchewan blood donors to help replenish declining national blood inventory.

Vytai Brannan / Global News

As Canada Day long weekend draws near, the Canadian Blood Services is reminding Canadians to give blood.

The agency says it is seeing fewer appointments booked and a higher number of cancellations around Canada Day.

The Canadian Blood Services says according to the Canada Safety Council, more fatalities occur on Canadian roads during the summer months than any other time of year.

It can take up to 50 donors to help save the life of someone in a car crash.

All blood donors are being solicited, but in particular people with type O and A blood are in high demand.

Marcelo Dominguez with the Canadian Blood Services says the national blood inventory has reached its lowest level in five years for this time of year.

“In B.C., we have about 900 open appointments we need to fill by July 5,” says Dominguez.

There are more than 7,500 appointments available across the country between now and July 5.

To book an appointment download the GiveBlood app,visit blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236 6283).

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