The National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) says it is failing to meet its set minimum target of 6,960 units of blood required to cover the festive period which often brings with it, high demand for blood due to the increase in road traffic accidents.
“For the festive season, we set a total collection of 6,960 whole blood units. To date, we are still below half of our anticipated collection,” NBSZ communications officer Kudakwashe Chidziya said.
Chidziya said the NBSZ was hosting community galas to try and encourage interested citizens to donate blood.
“NBSZ is currently having galas nationwide in different communities with the intention of retaining and recruiting more blood donors on the site.
“These galas have helped us in increasing numbers of people participating in blood donation initiatives,” Chidziya said.
Stocks of blood are mostly needed to serve road traffic accident victims and women who develop complications during childbirths.
Both groups are major consumers of donated blood.
However, despite being the least users of blood, school children and youths constitute the bulk of blood donors in the country. *ZimLive*