WHILE the demand for blood remains high in the country, the precious liquid remained in short supply at the country’s blood banks for the past two months, NBSZ CEO Ms Lucy Marowa has said.
In an interview at the belated World Blood Donor Day celebrations held at Mutare Boys’ High School this morning, Ms Marowa revealed that the reasons for the short supply are not because of a shortfall of blood donors but as a result of a lack of machinery used to test and store donated blood.
“As a country we have been having challenges because of lack of such specialised machines. However, we are making strides and working tirelessly to see that those challenges are met and our blood banks get back to normal supply,” she said.
Ms Marowa thanked voluntary blood donors, describing them as unsung heroes.
“As NBSZ, we appreciate the important role that is played by our donors and we would like to reiterate that it is not because of a lack of blood donors that our supplies are low. We have an excess of blood donors willing to donate blood but it is due to reasons beyond our control that we have a shortfall,” said Ms Marowa.
World Blood Donor Day is celebrated annually on June 14 and this year ran under the theme “Donating blood is an act of solidarity”