Five people die, while an average of 38 are injured on Zimbabwe’s roads each day, creating a high demand for blood during emergencies.

Zimbabwe marked World Blood Donor Day in the wake of three serious accidents which claimed 79 lives and injured even more people in the last two months, raising the need for more blood donations to cater for emergencies.

Speaking at the commemorations in Harare, Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) Managing Director, Mr Obi Chinyere said blood is critical in saving lives of road crash victims.

World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative, Dr David Okello said voluntary blood donations increased in Africa from 3.9 million units in 2013 to 4.5 million units in 2016.

The Minister of State for Harare Provincial Affairs, Cde Miriam Chikukwa called for a multi-sectoral approach to increase safe blood donations as the Health Services Board Chairperson, Dr Lovemore Mbengeranwa raised concern over the high cost of accessing blood.

The National Blood Services Zimbabwe (NBSZ) received a donation of US$50 000 from a local telecommunications company to strengthen capacity in service delivery.

Individuals who donated blood from 25 times up to as much 250 times were honoured, so were companies that have taken the lead in assisting the NBSZ.