Nqobile Tshili Chronicle Reporter
THE National Blood Services Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has enough blood stocks for emergencies during the Heroes and Defence Forces holidays, an official said yesterday.
In an interview, NBSZ regional public relations officer for Matabeleland region Mr Sifundo Ngwenya said the blood bank had enough stocks to cater for serious accidents.
“As the blood bank we are prepared to serve the nation during the holidays because holidays usually have the highest number of accident casualties who need blood transfusion,” said Mr Ngwenya.
Last year the country recorded 231 accidents during the Heroes and Defence Forces holidays.
Mr Ngwenya said NBSZ had also lined up several blood collection drive events to intensify donations.
The blood events are targeting youths and NBSZ will soon travel to Gwanda and Plumtree towns for the exercise.
“We are targeting out of school youths who have pledged to donate blood 25 times in their life time. We also intend to recruit more youthful donors for the purposes of continuity,” said Mr Ngwenya.
He urged members of the public to take blood donations seriously, saying it was everybody’s responsibility to donate blood.
“Blood donations allow us to take care of each other’s health needs because we do not know who might be in need of blood tomorrow,” said Mr Ngwenya.
NBSZ has also partnered the National Aids Council (NAC) in teaching youths ways in which they could keep their blood uncontaminated.
NAC department of Young People Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health (YPNSR) on AIDS facilitates lectures to the youths.
YPNSR deputy provincial facilitator for Bulawayo Mr Sibusiso Bhebhe said they have been engaging youths on ways they could keep their blood clean.
“We have been screening films on sexual reproductive health issues, distributing pamphlets and held discussions and quiz all related to teaching youths on ways they can keep themselves safe from things that can contaminate their blood,” he said.
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