MASVINGO – Members of Pledge 25, a club of donors who pledge to donate blood 25 times before they reach the age of 30 celebrated World Blood Donor Day in style two weeks ago when they received certificates and shields for attaining their pledge.
There were 20 blood donors who have so far made at least 25 donations and they all received a shield and a certificate at low profile commemorations held at the National Blood Services Zimbabwe Centre in Masvingo on June 14, 2021.
The commemorations were low profile following an announcement of a fresh lockdown by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.
The guest of honor at the event was the Provincial Education Director, Shylatte Mhike whose speech was read her on behalf by a representative. Mhike thanked blood donors present, particularly the youth for their selfless acts and serving life.
She reminded the gathering that 75% of blood donors are the youth who are still under her Ministry and added that she will do everything possible to support NBSZ in their blood collections. One way is by allowing NBSZ to freely access schools, said Mhike.
The commemorations were held under the theme: Give blood and keep the World beating.
Mhike called upon authorities in her Ministry to encourage youngsters to donate free blood.
“I call on my Ministry where 75% of blood donors belong to encourage regular unpaid blood donors to provide safe blood. I strongly encourage school authorities to motivate learners to donate blood and allow NBSZ mobile teams access to the potential donors in their respective schools,” said Mhike.
The Provincial Medical Director, Dr Amadeus Shamu also had his speech read on his behalf.
He told the gathering that the Masvingo branch’s blood donations target for 2021 is 13 366 units.
“It gives me great pleasure to recognize the outstanding achievement of 20 of our regular blood donors who have been consistent in donating their blood which has saved many lives.
“In terms of our Provincial collections in year 2020, 8 359 units of blood were collected against a target of 9 730 units (85,9%). Collections decreased by 4 680 units as compared to year 2019 when 13 039 were collected.
“A total of 7 539 of blood were distributed against a demand of 7 856 units, which is 98.9% distribution. The decrease was caused by low uptake of blood by hospitals during the Covid-19 lockdown.
“I am pleased to inform you that NBSZ has managed to supply the blood products when needed,” said Dr Shamu.https://www.masvingomirror.com