The National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has embarked on a ladies blood drive as part of the August holiday campaigns to collect 5 350 units countrywide.

This comes after the introduction of free blood initiative on the 1st of July this year which saw the increase for blood demand in public and mission hospitals.

In an interview with ZBC News on the sidelines of the ladies blood drive in the capital today, NBSZ Head Planning and Recruitment Mr Tichaona Saira said the target for the first half of the blood collection was 35 370 units with the actual number of units collected standing at 39 788 surpassing the target by 12 percent.

“This was necessitated by increased demand from distributions hence collections were scaled up to meet demand,” he said.

Mr Saira said collections for blood group ‘O’ which is on high demand constituted 55 percent of total collections for the first half of the year.