blood donation.jpgMasvingo province has been commended for managing to collect 92 percent of the targeted blood units in 2016.

The collections were done according to the demand of blood from hospitals in the province.

Each year, the world over, people commemorate World Blood Donor Day, where communities are reminded on the important role of donating blood.

Masvingo province held an event to commemorate this day.

The province’s medical director Dr Amaedeus Shamhu revealed that in 2016 , 8722 units of blood were collected, against a target of 9400.

Dr Shamhu commended communities for their continued effort to save lives through the voluntary blood donations.

He added that blood transfusion remains an essential component of emergency health care.

“A blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity, is a key component of an effective health system,” said Dr Shamhu.

15-year old Fungisai Muparuri, from Mutimwi High School in Zaka fully comprehends the role played by blood donors. After falling ill, her life was saved after the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) gave her blood for free after her parents failed to meet the costs.

“I fell ill and my parents failed to afford the blood. But my school has a lot of regular donors so I was given two pints of blood for free by the NBSZ,” Fungisai said.

Masvingo provincial education officer Mr Zedius Chitiga called for the corporate sector to continue supporting the national blood services to enable them to collect blood from across the province.

“Many times we often realise the importance of giving blood when it’s someone close to us who needs it. We appeal to companies in Masvingo to work with the NBSZ as they need resources to collect,” said Mr Chitiga.

While the price of blood went down from $135 to $100 for government hospitals and from $160 to $120 for private hospitals, the figure is still deemed high by many.