By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu
The National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) is calling upon blood donors of all blood types to make a lifesaving donation following the low recording of the country’s blood bank.
Covid -19 has hugely affected blood donations and a few blood donors are coming in to donate.
In a press statement released by NBSZ, the Communications Officer, Ephraim Mubayi said there are now reduced numbers of donations coming in.
“NBSZ is urgently appealing for blood donors of all blood groups to come forward and make that life saving donation as the blood stocks for are critically low. The Covid -19 pandemic has created challenges that have impacted on blood stocks globally and Zimbabwe has not been spared.
“It is hard to underscore how damaging the one –two punch of Covid -19 and the lockdown measures have been on the blood bank. It is not due to more patients needing blood products but rather it is reduced numbers of donations coming in,” he said.
The NBSZ daily stock requirements nationally is 315units of blood hence the call for donors who are due or new healthy members of the community to come forward and make a life saving donation.
As from tomorrow, blood donors are being urged to come forward and all NBSZ clinics will operate from 0800 to 1700hours.