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Blood shortages hit Midlands

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SYDNEY MUBAIWA

MIDLANDS BUREAU CHIEF

GWERU – The National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) is calling for donors within the Midlands province to donate and boost blood reserves. 

NBSZ Midlands Planning and Recruitment Officer and Blood Donor Coordinator Aggrey Ngazana told The Mirror that the majority of donors are school pupils who failed to donate owing to busy examination schedules. 

“Our blood stocks are a bit on the low side because 75% of our donors are school pupils who were busy with examinations during the donating period. Only a few managed to donate. NBSZ supplies blood to 14 hospitals in the Midlands,” he said.

He said the festive season usually has the highest demand for blood and they have initiated a youth donor campaign to stabilise blood stocks. 

Ngazana said they are targeting 18 000 units of blood nationwide during the festive season. 

“We have put measures in place to collect about 18 000 units of blood as a country for the festive season. We need five days of constant blood supply to meet demand. 

“Our biggest challenge is donor apathy. We have very few registered. We are encouraging all blood donors and would be blood donors to donate at our static. Blood donation is everyone’s responsibility and everyone must recruit donors to enrich our blood stocks,” he said.

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