‘ Blood stocks adequate for festive season’

Blood bags

THE National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has said it now has adequate blood stocks to cater for emergencies during the festive season after collecting more than 1 400 units of during the just-ended Youth Donors Day commemorations.

Staff Reporter

“Through the Youth Donors’ Day held December 6-7 2013, NBSZ managed to collect 1 417 units of blood over this period,” said NBSZ spokesperson Esther Massundah.

“The target for the festive season is 5 970 units of blood. And we are currently sitting on a week’s supply which is enough for the festive season. However, should demand increase or decrease, collections are adjusted accordingly.”

Massundah said they had also partnered with the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe and other stakeholders in a campaign aimed at reducing road carnage.

“Accidents deeply impact the blood bank stocks, hence the need for people to donate blood so that it is available when it is needed.”