The National Blood Services Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has appealed for funding to ensure blood is affordable to every Zimbabwean.

This is despite recent reduction of prices of blood from US$135 per pint to US$100 in public hospitals.

Speaking during a media tour of the centre in Harare, NBSZ CEO, Mrs Lucy Marowa said there is need for subsidies for blood to be affordable to the majority.

“Blood screening and purification process requires a lot of resources to maintain the high  standards and  the quality of the blood. As the NBSZ, we discard about three percent of all blood collections with statistics showing that Hepatitis B is now the main contaminator of blood,” she said.

The media tour saw journalists being taken through processes that are followed to ensure the margin of era is eliminated during the blood purification process.