Zambia targets sufficiency in blood banks as World Bank funds additional blood inventory hubs


Government says it has secured funding through the World Bank to create additional blood inventory hubs in Zambia.

Health Permanent Secretary Administration, Christopher Simoonga, said each province would have two Blood Inventory Hubs that were in line with government’s policy on decentralisation.

Simoonga disclosed that the creation of the service charter for the Zambia National Blood Transfusion Service (ZNBTS) and other institutions under the Ministry has been done and now waiting for the official launch.

He was speaking during a three-day media workshop on blood donation in Chongwe.

“Government through ZNBTS has come up with communication strategies as a comprehensive sustainable way of publicising the importance of blood donation throughout the country,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary explained that these strategies aimed at capacity building towards making Zambia self-sufficient in blood, resulting in maternal mortality rates reduction, infant mortality rates reduction and generally improving on support to all clinical practices in Zambia.

ZNBTS Medical Director, Joseph Mulenga, said Zambia has been recorded to be the first in Southern Africa in efficient blood transfusion and management services.

Mulenga noted that as a result of government’s support, his organisation is now well equipped with reagents and state of the art equipment such as Abbolt Alinity.

He added that the said machine had capacity to test blood diseases, among services.

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