Blood bank supplies stable

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For a change, Zimbabwe’s national blood bank has collected near-sufficient supplies of transfusion blood and hopes to reach the standard requirement of 2 500 units within the next three weeks, the bank’s spokesperson Emmanuel Masvikeni has revealed.

Masvikeni told NewsDay in an interview last week that the national blood bank had adequate blood supplies to cater for the coming Easter Holiday when demand for blood transfusions normally rises owing to road accidents.

He said as of last week, the bank had about 2 000 units in stock and was hopeful more than 500 would have been collected in the next three weeks.

“At the current demand pattern, this translates to about 20 days of supply,” said Masvikeni. “Barring an increase in accidents, the current stock levels are quite satisfactory.”

Masvikeni said youths aged between 16-19 years were contributing about 70% to total blood collections in the country.