Fiona Ruzha, H-Metro Reporter
NATIONAL Blood Services of Zimbabwe has a burden to support the free blood initiative following the rise in demand of blood, an official has said.
The institution’s Chief Executive Officer Lucy Marowa reviewed this during the belated World Blood Donor Day commemorations in Chimanimani which ran under the campaign of ensuring universal access of safe blood for all.
“It is just over a year since the free blood initiative was introduced by the Government last year in July.
“So we now have burden to make sure that we do have sufficient blood all the time therefore I encourage people to donate blood in their numbers.
“Though I believe a lot of work still needs to be done in demystifying the myths still surrounded with donating blood,” she said.
The NBSZ handed over donations which included clothes, school text books, sanitary wear, blankets, food, and computers to Cyclone Idai affected schools.
“As NBSZ we celebrate World Donor Day in Manicaland province because we want to thank the blood donors who give this gift of blood voluntarily without coercion or any other motivating factor but with the need to save lives.
“We are aware that school children contribute over 70 percent of our blood collections annually and when Cyclone Idai came, it damaged six of the schools from which we collect blood.
“So as an organisation we decided to give back to the communities which supply us with blood donations,” said Marowa.
Provincial medical director, Patron Mafaune said this year’s theme is meant to raise awareness on universal need for safe blood.
“It is meant to raise awareness on universal need for safe blood in the delivery of health care and the crucial roles donations play in achieving the goal of universal health coverage.
“Blood safety is a global concern and World Health Organisation has developed resolutions on blood safety for all.”