#BREAKING: Free Blood Initiative Under Siege As NBSZ Suspends Blood Coupons

PATIENTS in need of blood and blood products in both public and private health institutions will likely be forced to pay in United States Dollars (USD) or an exchange rate equivalent to the Old Mutual implied rate or other comparable exchange rates, following the suspension of the coupon facility which would see health institutions access blood and blood products on credit. By Michael Gwarisa The move also comes after the National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBS) has been making numerous calls for foreign currency injection from government to facilitate the…

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Shortage Of Blood Products: An Early Ticket To The Other World For Pregnant Women In Zimbabwe

Young Preganant Women at Tariro Clinic and Youty Centre

WORLD over, an estimated 800 women die daily due to pregnancy related causes. The majority of these deaths occur in developing countries; the majority of which occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. Zimbabwean has one of the highest mortality rates of around 463 per 100 000; this is an estimate from yesteryears and the current standing may be worse off. By Dr Grant Murewanehma The three direct leading causes of maternal death are infection (sepsis), hypertensive disorders and bleeding before, during or after childbirth, otherwise known as obstetric haemorrhage. Obstetric haemorrhage is…

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Blood Recipient Turned Blood Donor…How Nobuhle’s Labour Encounter Turned Her Into A Blood Donating Hero

Nobuhle Magava

HEROES come in different packages. Some come wielding lethal shiny semi-automatic AK47 rifles and whatever latest weaponry that may be at their disposal. For some, all it takes is just a few minutes of their time and a little prick from a needle to save many lives through donating the precious liquid of blood. By Michael Gwarisa For Nobuhle Magava(45), her experience giving birth to her first child was her Damascene moment, an epiphany that made her change her perception about giving blood for the rest of her life. After…

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Blood Bank Running At Less Than 5 Days Stocks

THE National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ),  the country’s blood bank has run dry. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a Webiner Press Conference, NBSZ Public Affairs manger, Ms Esther Massundah told journalists that stocks had drastically been depleted over the knockdown period owing to a myriad of factors chief among them being lack of funding to procure critical consumables. We are currently running low in terms of our blood stocks. We have got blood stocks that are below the five days, which is the standard requirement of the blood bank to…

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#JUSTIN: Blood Shortages Hit Zim

THE National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) says blood supplies has been greatly reduced during the Lockdown period at the back of shortages of critical imported consumables such as test kits and blood bags, owing to serious funding and procurement challenges. By Michael Gwarisa The Blood Bank’s Public Affairs Manager, Ms Esther Massundah in a statement said due to the to the COVID-19 pandemic, the procurement of these critical items has been delayed due to logistics challenges caused by international travel restrictions, which has led to the scarcity of cargo flights. Most…

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#BREAKING: Blood Transfusion Breakthrough, Now Your Own Blood Can Be Recycled In Emergencies

A new surgical  autotransfusion device called  Hemafuse is set to revolutionize blood access across Africa, HealthTimes has learnt. African Correspondent Hemafuse is designed to salvage and recycle whole blood from cases of internal bleeding. The device can be used in both emergencies and scheduled procedures to recover blood from where it pools inside of a patient, into a blood bag, where it is immediately available to be re-transfused back to that same patient. Hemafuse was created for patients suffering from internal bleeding resulting from trauma, ruptured ectopic pregnancies, or for…

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Power Cuts Threaten Blood Bank Operations

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ), says it is appealing to the national power utility (ZESA) to at least connect the blood bank to a special power grid so as to ensure blood is maintained at normal temperatures at all times By Michael Gwarisa The development comes amidst indications that the blood bank, which is a critical blood storage facility has not been spared by the prevailing power outages and should the situation continue unabated, the organisation would be forced to dispose and or burn tonnes of blood since…

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NBSZ On Course To Meeting 2018 Blood Collections Target

BLOOD collections for the year 2018 have been the highest since  2014, at the back of increased awareness and  countrywide blood drives despite an increase in demand for blood  which was brought about by the scrapping of blood user fees, the National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to HealthTimes, NBSZ Public Affairs Manager, Esther Massundah said the coming in of the free blood initiative for all public health institutions resulted in NBSZ adjusting its 2018 annual collections target upwards by 25 percent from 70,000…

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#BREAKING: Blood Demand To Go Up…As Blood Group O Reserves Run Dry

AN unanticipated upsurge in blood demand is looming at the back of government’s recent move to slash the blood prices from $80 to $50 per unit at the beginning of this year. By Michael Gwarisa The development also comes at the back of a crisis whereby the Blood bank coffers are fast  running dry of blood group O amidst indications that not more than 52% of Zimbabwe’s population belong to that blood group. Briefing Journalists this morning, National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ms Lucy Marowa…

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#BREAKING: Blood To Cost $80 Starting Tomorow

By Michael Gwarisa HEALTH and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa has ordered the National Blood Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) to reduce the price  of blood to US$80 effective November, 1 2017. Due to the exorbitant cost of blood in the country, the Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa said, “The high cost of blood and blood products in Zimbabwe has, for a long time now, been a matter of concern for both government and patients. For a start, we have, therefore, instructed National Blood Services…

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