The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) have disclosed their commitment in saving more lives with the use of drone technology.

According to the Chief Executive of South African National Blood Service (SANBS), Jonathan Louw, the TRON aerial vehicle will be South Africa’s first, complementing the existing logistics infrastructure.

“We believe that this is an innovative step in the history of blood transfusion. SANBS is determined to improve rapid access to life-saving blood products in rural areas through the use of drone technology.

“Our concept is globally unique in that we will provide two-way logistics; patients can receive emergency “O negative” blood from one of our blood banks via drone. The same drone can then take that patient’s blood sample to the blood bank for comprehensive cross-matching and then safely and rapidly deliver compatible blood back to the patient” he said.

The Chief Executive Officer and also a Medical Director of West Cape Blood Service (WCBS) lauded the initiative pleased that, it will save a lot of lives in the country.

“We celebrate a milestone. Our main aim as a blood service in the Western Cape is to save people’s lives by providing sufficient, safe blood. Drones will assist us to provide blood timeously to where it is needed” he said.