blood donation.jpgThe National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has embarked on a nationwide campaign to collect at least 5 170 units of blood ahead of the Heroes’ holiday. 

In an effort to raise awareness on blood donations and to boost the blood bank during the month of August, which has become synonymous with traffic accidents, the NBSZ in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Traffic Safety Council and the Zimbabwe Defence Forces have embarked on a nationwide campaign to collect more blood.  

NBSZ Public Relations Manager, Esther Masunda said eight awareness points have been established across the country to enable more donors to give blood.

The adult human body contains roughly 12 units of blood.

It is estimated that only 4 out of 1 000 people donate blood in Zimbabwe.

Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe Product Development and Marketing Manager, Mr Ernest Muchena urged motorists to exercise caution on the road. 

The national blood bank usually stocks between 1500 to 2000 units, representing approximately 7 days’ supply.

The NBSZ gets 70% of blood collections from youths and the balance from adults.

The two week campaign is running under the theme “Decade of action for road safety, be a part of it by donating blood and help save victims of road traffic accidents.”