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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2020 Health Levy Collections To Drop

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has revised downwards its monthly target for revenue collected  from the 5% health levy to ZW$10.5 million down from their initial projection of ZW$17 million per month for the year 2020. By Michael Gwarisa The development follows a series of mobile tariff increases by local mobile network operators in the past few months which has led to a reduction in spending on voice calls by citizens on their cellphones. Ministry of Health Director Finance and Administration, Mrs Heather Machamire said collections from…

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Free Blood Initiative Hangs In Limbo…As Gvt Delays Financial Allocation

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care Permanent Secretary, Dr Agnes Mahomva has professed ignorance as to how much and when they will be disbursing their 2019 allocation towards the free blood initiative, a situation which poses a threat to the continuation of the program. By Michael Gwarisa In 2018, government committed to financing the free blood initiative through funding from the health levy which was introduced in 2017 under the then minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa’s administration. However, indications on the ground are that since beginning of the year, no…

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Gvt Seeks To Maintain Blood Subsidy

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says it is working to boost domestic financial resources to complement the health levy in a bid to finance the free blood subsidy which was initiated by government in 2018. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Chimanimani The development comes at the back of indications that the health levy has racked in not less than ZW$63 million since inception in 2017. Speaking at the belated World Blood Donor Day (WBD) 2019 commemorations in Chimanimani, Manicaland Provincial Medical Director (PMD), Dr Patron Mafaune said…

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NBSZ Honors Outstanding Blood Donors and Corporates

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has awarded blood donors and corporates for their resilience and continued support to the national call of ensuring the blood bank is adequately stocked. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the Blood Donor and Corporates Awards in the capital Harare, NBSZ Board Chairman, Advocate Rodgers Matsikidze applauded the blood donors for their voluntary sacrifice. This occasion is basically an occasion where we are trying to appreciate what I call sacrifice, what I call loyal service, what I call life saving commitment and what I…

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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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NBSZ Holds World Blood Donor Day Awareness Clean-up

AS preparations for the World Blood Donor Day gather momentum, the National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) yesterday (10/05/2019) held a clean-up awareness day which was meant to raise awareness for the blood donor day to be held next month. By Michael Gwarisa The event was also a response to President Emerson Mnangagwa’s call where he set aside the first Friday of each calendar month as a National Clean-Up Day. Speaking at the clean-up day which was later followed by a blood donation session, Ministry of Health & Child Care…

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NBSZ Ups Blood Collection Tempo

 THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ), has ramped up blood collection efforts as it aims to surpass its 2019 target of 108, 405 units. By Michael Gwarisa in Marondera The development comes at the back of indications that some provinces have of late been surpassing their monthly collection targets. In an interview with HealthTimes during the Mixed Gala in Marondera, NBSZ head planning and recruitment, Mr Tichaona Saira said they have activated Mixed blood Galas which cater for both sexes in most hard to reach areas in a bid…

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NBSZ Adequately Stocked For Easter Holidays

NATIONAL Blood Service of Zimbabwe says it is adequately stocked for the Easter Holidays. By Kudakwashe Pembere NBSZ Planning Information and Research Manager Dr Tonderai Mapako told HealthTimes that all their branches have enough stocks to meet the Easter demands. “We are adequately stocked for the Easter Holidays. We have sufficient blood at all our facilities in five branches and this should be able to take us to independence and Easter,” he said. The organisation’s Easter Blood collection campaign ends today following a successful Harare Ladies Gala blood drive last…

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NBSZ Urges Adults To Donate Blood

THE National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has called on adults to take part in blood donation initiatives to boost blood stocks in the national blood bank, an organisation official said on Tuesday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Since the beginning of the year, the NBSZ has embarked on several blood collection initiatives in a bid to maintain adequate stocks of blood as well as replenish stocks in line with their 2019 target of collecting 108, 405 units of blood. Briefing the media on the activities lined up to the World Blood…

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