The National Blood Services Zimbabwe (NBSZ) says it is sitting on two weeks supply of blood stocks to cope with increased demand associated with road accidents ahead of the Easter and Independence holidays.

Public holidays in Zimbabwe are sadly characterised by road carnage resulting in many injured people losing their lives due to blood shortages.

In preparation for the forthcoming holidays, the NBSZ carried out a number of blood collection campaigns to boosts stocks of the precious liquid.

NBSZ CEO, Ms Lucy Marowa said current blood stocks are satisfactory to meet demand during the combined holidays.

“Voluntary blood donors come from all walks of life but they have one thing in common. They put others before themselves, most of the time, people they don’t even know,” she said.

A regular blood donor, who has donated blood 48 times, said the knowledge that his contribution can help save a life drives him while other donors who were waiting for their turn to donate blood at the NBSZ headquarters encouraged other people to also join the noble cause of giving blood.

School going children account for the majority of blood donors, contributing almost 80 percent of blood to the national bank.

At any given time, the blood bank must have at least 1500 units of blood.