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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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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NBSZ Lines Up Festive Season Blood Drives

THE National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) kicked off its festive season national blood drive campaign which aims among other things to beef up stocks and raise awareness on the blood situation in the country  ahead of the forthcoming festive season.   By Michael Gwarisa The festive season is usually associated with huge demand for blood due to the high road traffic accidents associated with the period. NBSZ activated the blood drives with a campaign event in Chitungwiza at Seke 1 High School yesterday, November 1, 2018. Speaking on the…

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Vendors Told To Voluntarily Vacate The Streets

THE National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe (NAVUZ) has called on its members and all vendors to voluntarily vacate the streets in a bid to minimise the spread of Cholera which has already claimed close to 30 lives and infected 3 700 others. By Michael Gwarisa The developments follows an ambitious City decongestion initiative the NAVUZ has embarked on in partnership with the City of Harare, NetOne, TelOne, POSB and National Building Society (NBS) which will see the city being decongested within 90 days through the setting up of company consortiums…

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NBSZ Requires $20 million For Capitalisation

THE National Blood Services of Zimbabwe’s (NBSZ) capitalisation process could require not less than $20 million if the organisation is to fully function to its maximum capacity, a top NBSZ official has said. By Michael Gwarisa In an exclusive interview with HealthTimes, newly appointed NBSZ Board Chair, Mr Rodgers Matsikidze said funding was currently the biggest challenge for the organisation and as a result, growth has been at a snail’s pace. “There is a lot to be done at NBSZ. Firstly, the major issue to be resolved is of capitalization.…

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Blood Bank Adequately Stocked For Free Blood Initiative

THE free blood initiative being spearheaded by the ministry of health and child care in partnership with the National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) kicks off in a few days amidst indications that the blood bank has enough stock to sustain the program. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking in an interview with HealthTimes, NBSZ Public Affairs manager, Esther Massundah said all  was is place for the free blood initiative which commences July, 1 2018 across all public hospitals while for private hospitals, the user fees remain at $120. “NBSZ is prepared for the…

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NetOne Rewards Rural School For Giving Blood

THE country’s second largest Mobile Network Operator (MNO), NetOne yesterday donated five computers to Mutenderende High school from Chirumhanzu for being the biggest blood donor for the period 2017 to date. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Gweru The move is part of their countrywide program which seeks to support schools from all the country’s 10 provinces which are excelling in the areas of blood donation. Addressing delegates at the World Blood Donor Day in Gweru, NetOne Executive Media Services Manager, Mr Clever Isaya said the schools support program was an…

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Zim Prepared For Free Blood Initiative…as WHO gives nod to Program

GOVERNMENT says it is prepared to implement the free blood initiative which commences next month amidst indications that capable infrastructure and funding mechanisms have been put in place to complement the program. By Michael Gwarisa in Gweru The program which is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in collaboration with the National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) is set to benefit maternal cases and vulnerable societal groups with the  aim of closing the high mortality rate as a result of loss of blood. Officiating at…

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NBSZ To Open Another Blood Donation Clinic in Bulawayo

The National Blood Services Zimbabwe will open a new blood donation clinic in Bulawayo in July this year for easy reach to people living in the city. By Kuda Pembere Speaking to HealthTimes, NBSZ chief executive Ms Lucy Marowa said the centre will be closer to the people in Bulawayo. “National Blood Services is opening a new CBD clinic in Bulawayo at the Post Office Building. It will start to operate on the First of July. This is to bring access to our beloved donors who find that the current…

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