NBSZ Pays Tribute To Blood Donors

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ), has acknowledged the immense role blood donors play in ensuring the blood bank is fully stocked to meet the ever growing demand for blood and blood products. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe today (14 June 2022) joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Blood Donor Day. In an interview with HealthTimes, NBSZ Chief Executive Officer, Ms Lucy Marowa said there has been tremendous improvement in blood collections despite existing operational challenges. I want to thank our blood donors for the support that…

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First Capital Bank Injects US$30,000 Towards NBSZ Solar Powered Cold Chain Initiative

FINANCIAL services concern, First Capital Bank Zimbabwe (FCB), has donated an amount to the tune of US$30,000 for a low cost renewable energy solution pilot project to complement the blood bank’s cold chain power system. By Michael Gwarisa The US$30,000 is part the US$180,000 that is required by be National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) to complete the solar project which when fully implemented, will ease the power outages induced woes the blood bank has been experiencing of late due to persistent and recurring power cuts. The NBSZ cold chain…

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Blood group O stocks run dry

INCREASED demand for blood Group O has led to the depletion of stocks, prompting the blood bank to run on a single day’s supply, which is a far cry from the five days’ supply a healthy blood bank is recommended to maintain at any given time. By Michael Gwarisa This is however despite the fact that stocks for other blood groups are currently, with indications on the ground showing that the blood bank could be sitting on more than seven days’ supply for Blood Group A, which is above the…

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Health Ministry Applauded For Sustaining Free Blood Initiative

Ms Lucy Marowa NBSZ Chief Executive Officer

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) says the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has remained true to their word in supporting the country’s free blood initiative, a facility that facilitates free access to blood and blood products for vulnerable citizens in all public health institutions. By Michael Gwarisa The free blood initiative was launched in 2018 by the then minister of heath, Dr David Parirenyatwa where government committed to funding the initiative using funds generated from the health levy. In an Interview with HealthTimes, NBSZ Chief Executive…

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2020 Top 15 Outstanding Health Champions

THE Year 2020 has not been an easy one for the global health sector at the back of a global health pandemic, the COVID-19. In Zimbabwe, even though the virus has not been as severe as other countries in the developed world, some lives were lost while a sizable number also got infected. To worsen Zimbabwe’s health crisis in the midst of COVID-19, a nationwide healthcare industrial action also ensued which saw numerous negative public health outcomes being recorded. In the midst of all this misery and loss, a number…

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Ministry of Health To Present Grant Proposals For NBSZ Recapitalisation

Dr Gibson Mhlanga

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says it is working on presenting a grant proposal to treasury for the recapitalisation of the national blood bank in a bid to strengthen the organization’s operations and effectiveness, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa The NBSZ has over the past few years been making numerous calls for recapitalisation so that they could invest in latest technologies and equipment to ensure smooth operations go uninterrupted. Addressing participants during a Zoom Webinar conference to mark the end of the World Blood Donor day…

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NBSZ Launches Countrywide Media Engagements

Ms Lucy Marowa NBSZ Chief Executive Officer

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has kick-started nationwide Media education meetings in a bid to sensitise Journalists as well as promote informed and accurate reportage of blood and blood products issues. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the NBSZ Harare media education workshop, NBSZ Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ms Lucy Marowa said the media play a key role in communicating the NBSZ message to its stakeholders. We recognise the media as an important stakeholder to the NBSZ. For us to do whatever work we do and be able to…

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KidzCan Honors Childhood Cancer Survivors

KIDZCAN, a local organization which deals with childhood cancer cases in Zimbabwe has applaud childhood cancer survivors for their resilience in fighting cancer. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during the launch Orange Week which marks celebrations for children living with cancer, Kidzcan Executive Director, Daniel Mckenzie said Kidzcan had over the years exhibited resilience in supporting children living with cancer. “As we stand in solidarity with international childhood cancer day, we acknowledge that childhood cancer in Zimbabwe as in the rest of low medium countries claims more lives. Statistics have shown…

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