Here is why Blood is expensive in Zim

For a long time, there has been disgruntlement from various sections of society over the highly priced precious liquid of blood in Zimbabwe. The bone of contention over years has been around the cost of blood and blood products despite the fact that the National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) gets blood free of charge from blood donors. By Michael Gwarisa In 2018, the Ministry of Health and Child (MoHCC), then under the regime of Dr David Parirenyatwa launched the Free Blood Initiative that would see pregnant women and vulnerable…

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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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Hospitals Suspend Non-Emergency Surgeries Due To Blood Shortages

THE blood stocks crises obtaining in the country’s health sector has pushed most major hospitals in Zimbabwe to defer non-emergency surgeries and prioritise urgent surgical cases. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes in the midst of acute blood shortages as a result of dwindling blood stocks at the blood bank which has been operating at below the required five days normal supply since the month of July. The lockdown measures have also greatly contributed to the declining stocks as blood donors could not travel to blood donation sites. According to…

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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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NBSZ Sets 97,000 Units Blood Collection Target For 2021

Epharaim Mubayi

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) is targeting to collect an ambitious 97,500 units of blood for the year 2021 despite ongoing COVID-19 induced challenges. By Michael Gwarisa The  target also comes in the face at a time the blood bank is recovering from a dry period whereby  reserves from blood banks branches around the country had been struggling to maintain normal blood stocks  of at least least five days due to travel restrictions that saw most donors failing to access blood clinics to donate blood in the first…

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#JUSTIN: Blood Stocks Gradually Improve

Epharaim Mubayi

Blood bank pins hopes on schools reopening THE  situation at the blood bank is gradually returning to normal amidst indications that at least four National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) branches are currently running at five days stock levels which is the normal levels for a healthy blood bank . By Michael Gwarisa The development comes at the back of a national call that was made by the the blood bank last month for donors to come forward and donate blood amidst indications that the blood stocks levels were sitting on…

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National Vaccination Drive Could Worsen Already Depressed Blood Stocks

ZIMBABWE’s blood bank which is currently running at less than a day’s supply of blood could experience a further decline in blood stocks during the forthcoming mass COVID-19 vaccination drive as donors who receive jabs are recommended to wait for at least 28 days before donating blood after receiving their shot. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Food and Drug and Drug Administration (FDA), individuals who get jabs from vaccines such as the AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and the  Sinopharm which are replication defective virus vaccines must wait two weeks…

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#JUSTIN: Blood Stocks Critically Low, NBSZ Appeals For Blood Donations

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) is appealing for blood eligible blood donors to come forward and donate blood amidst indications that the blood bank is running low on blood stocks. By Michael Gwarisa The blood bank is currently running on a hand to mouth basis and is sitting on less than a day’s supply, whilst a healthy bank should have at least five days supply. In a statement, the NBSZ Communications Officer, Mr Ephraim Mubayi said the blood stocks levels have been affected by the prevailing COVID-19 induced…

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Blood Bank Recruiting Adult Blood Donors

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) board chairperson, Advocate Rodgers Matsikidze says they have adopted new strategies to recruit more adult blood donors to ensure the blood bank does not run dry even in the face of an emergency such as the COVID-19. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes at the back of revelations that the blood bank only managed to collect slightly above 50% of its 2020 blood collection target. According to Advocate Matsikidze, amongst their new strategies include following up on adults who used to donate as…

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