#OBITUARY: Fly High With The Angels Queen Esther

Esther Massundah or the Queen as she was affectionately known within the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) was a perfectionist and workaholic. She paid attention to detail. A simple tiny typo on her surname which I used to write as Masunda before being corrected countless times over the phone earned me numerous  mini lectures on how to write her name correctly. By Michael Gwarisa “Its Massundha Mike, not that Masunda,” she would say before bursting into laughter at the other end of phone. Even though on countless times I would…

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#JUSTIN: Blood Coupon Facility Suspension Lifted…As Gvt Pays ZW$43 Million To NBSZ

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has confirmed receipt of an amount to the tune of  ZW$43.5 Million from treasury from an outstanding bill of ZW$125, 710, 200 Million, a move which is likely to ease operational constraints bedeviling the blood bank. By Michael Gwarisa The NBSZ had recently written to all public health institutions advising them of a suspension of the coupons facility which would grant them access to blood and blood products on credit. However owing to financial challenges, the facility had been suspended, paving way for…

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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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Tough Time For Patients Seeking Blood Transfusion

PATIENTS seeking blood transfusion and blood related services in public health institutions have been dealt a heavy blow following a month long doctor’s strike which has left most public health institutions without adequate staff to mann various hospitals divisions. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) Public Affairs Manager, Ms Esther Massundah  said blood in all public health institutions was still free but the prevailing health crisis which has been exacerbated by the doctors incapacitation has exposed poor patients to exorbitant charges for blood…

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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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Blood Donors To Book Online says NBSZ

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ), is revamping its website in a manner which will see blood donors making donation bookings online starting June 2019. By Kudakwashe Pembere This was said by NBSZ Public Affairs Manager, Ms Esther Massundah during a media education workshop on Friday. Keeping up with latest global technological trends, NBSZ is upgrading its website which Ms Massundah said will be centred on the blood donor. “In terms of the issue of online booking, one of the issues is that we are currently rebranding our website.…

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Rwanda Rallies Behind Zim’s World Blood Donor Day Campaign

THE Rwanda Blood Transfusion Service has applauded Zimbabwe’s decision to unpack the World Blood Donor Day campaign alongside its Cyclone Idai project Idai where the National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) will provide financial support among other essentials to the Cyclone hit areas. By Michael Gwarisa In a solidarity message, Head of the Rwanda Blood Transfusion Services, Dr Gatare Swaibu said there is need to raise awareness for the need for regular blood donations to ensure communities have adequate blood stocks and Zimbabwe, through its World Blood Donor Day campaign…

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Zim Has Enough Blood Stocks

THE country has enough blood stocks to sustain the national demand, contrary to media reports that the blood bank was facing acute blood shortages, National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) Public Affairs Manager, Ms Esther Massundah has said. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, Ms Massundah said blood has a shelf life of 42 days and therefore it can only be normal for the blood bank to maintain a five day supply of blood every week and this does not mean there is a shortage. “Following a series of inquiries,…

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Valentines Blood Drive Lives Up To Billing

BLOOD donors today thronged National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) blood clinics dotted around the country to give blood under the Valentines Blood drive campaign. By Michael Gwarisa According to a survey done by HealthTimes, as early as 8:00 am, blood donors had already come through to give blood at Joina City branch and the NBSZ Mazowe branch in Harare. In an interview on the side-lines of the Blood drive, NBSZ Public Affairs Manager, Ms Esther Massundah said the Valentines blood drive was one of the many campaigns lined up…

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