blood donation.jpgZimbabwe joins the world in commemorating  the World Blood Donor Day marked with  music, poems, dance at Murehwa High School in Mashonaland-East province.

The spokesperson of NBSZ, Ms Judith Parirewa confirmed that there is enough blood in the blood bank but emphasised that regular blood donations by a sufficient number of healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed.

“We have about 1600 units of blood or even more than that in our blood bank,” Ms Parirewa said.

Blood transfusion is needed for people in chronic conditions such as: women with complications of pregnancy, children with severe anaemia, people with severe trauma following accidents and many surgical and cancer patients.

Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person, the gift of life and any  healthy adult can donate blood, men once in every three months and women every four months.

A decision to donate your blood can save a life or even several if your blood is separated into its components – red cells, platelets and plasma – which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions.

The theme for World Blood Donor Day 2011 is, “More blood, More life.”