blood donation.jpgThe National Blood Services Zimbabwe is in the process of setting up a distress fund, an initiative aimed at assisting underprivileged Zimbabweans who cannot afford blood when they are in need.

Speaking at a dinner held in the capital to raise funds towards the setting up of the fund, National Blood Services Zimbabwe Chief Executive Officer, Dr David Mvere, said funding for the blood services remains a critical issue.

 

Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Epidemiology and Disease Control Director, Dr Portia Manangazira, said the grants from government are insufficient and are being disbursed in a slow manner.

 

She urged more corporate entities to join hands with the national blood services and raise more funds for the needy.

 

At mission hospitals, a unit of blood costs $50 while patients fork out $65 for a pint of this vital liquid in government hospitals.

 

Private hospitals charge $100 for a pint of blood. For most Zimbabweans, these prices are out of reach.

 

The fundraising dinner was attended by stakeholders in the health sector, executives from financial institutions and other players from the corporate world.