Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHcc) has been working tirelessly to find ways to reduce the cost of blood to make it affordable and accessible to the ordinary Zimbabwean an official said.
Speaking at the celebrations held at National Blood Services Zimbabwe (NSBZ) provincial cite health Minister Doctor David Parirenyatwa in a speech read on his behalf by Provincial Medical Director Patron Mafaune said NSBZ has reduced blood costs for government hospitals and private hospitals.
“Through the National Aids Council (NAC) we injected $700 000into NSBZ in 2015 and for 2016 NAC pledged $403 000.
I am pleased to inform you that NBBZ has managed to reduce the cost of a unit of blood from $135 to $120 for all government hospitals, from $161 to $140 for all private hospitals with effect from June 1 2016,”said Dr Parirenyatwa.
Dr Parirenyatwa praised the Ministry of Primary and secondary Education for their tirelessly effort to support the national blood programme.
“Youths in Zimbabwe continue to be the leading contributors to the national collections ,contributing 70 percent whilst adults are contributing 29 percent and yet the adults consume 80 percent of the blood,” said Dr Parirenyatwa adding that they should continue supporting the national programme by giving NSBZ access to collect blood in their institutions without difficulties.
He added that patients requiring transfusion do not have timely access to safe blood.
“An Adequate and reliable supply of Blood can be assured by a stable base of regular, voluntary, unpaid blood donors .
Regular ,voluntary ,unpaid donors are also the safest group of blood donors as the prevalence blood Bourne infection is lowest amongst these donors .As a country we need to ensure that supply of our blood and blood products are sufficient and free from HIV ,Hepatitis viruses and other infections that can be transmitted through transfusion ,”he added.
Dr Parirenyatwa said Zimbabwe has been able to maintain a consistent and safe blood supply.
“As a ministry it is pour sole responsibility to ensure that patients in the hospitals requiring blood transfusion have access to safe blood products produced in time and safely administered so as to improve safety and minimize the risks of adverse reactions ,”said Dr Parirenyatwa.
Honourable Minister for Provincial Affairs , Cde Mandi Chimene in her speech read on her behalf by Luck Bhasopo Financial Director in the office of the Minister,she appealed to Manicaland community and authorities to support local blood services programmes through access facilitation and resource mobilization so that NSBZ mobile teams can collect blood in parts of the province.
Cde Chimene added that she was impressed by the work done by NSBZ in the province.
“I am informed that our NSBZ , Mutare branch collects blood from all the seven districts of Manicaland and they are managing to supply the hospitals in the province ,”said Cde Chimene.
She further showed appreciation to NBSZ for their hard work and efforts in running an efficient blood service programme that is emulated regionally and internationally.
“Despite the high risks that are involved in the testing process and the importance of maintain consistency in the quality and safety of blood , NBSZ is doing a great job in providing this service .
The health of the person who receives the blood is paramount hence the assessment of the suitability of the blood donor to donor to donate a safe unit of blood and screening of all donated blood,” said Cde Chimene.
The 12th annual commemorations where held under the theme “Blood Connects Us All”.