Commemorations for the World Blood Donor Day have been held in Bulawayo, amid calls for more citizens to continue embracing the lifesaving cause.

Ince Tshabangu (20) has been donating blood since he was in form three.

He started donating blood in an effort to save his grandmother’s life after she had been hospitalised and was in dire need of a transfusion.

“After I assisted my grandmother through blood transfusion, I realised I could save many lives. Now I donate it whenever I can and I will not stop as long as I save lives,” said Tshabangu.

There are many young donors who also share the same conviction with Tshabangu

Matabeleland South Provincial Medical Director, Dr Rudo Chikodzore said through blood donations, the country has seen maternal mortality rates going down.

“The blood has saved many expecting mothers. Maternal mortal rates have actually gone down significantly,” she said.

A representative of the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs Olika Kairah said young people donating blood are an important constituency in the drive.

“We encourage them to come forward. Even adults should come in their numbers too. It is important that we all donate blood,” she said.

The World Blood Donor Day commemorations were held under the auspices of the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ).