In an audio posted by the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) on Twitter Health and Child Care Ministry Secretary, Dr Gerald Gwinji said blood will now be offered free of charge to patients at public health institutions and mission hospitals with immediate effect.
Dr Gwinji said his ministry had invested slightly under $7 million to subsidise the cost of blood. Said Gwinji:
What we have decided as Government is to make blood freely available at all public health institutions and this now includes all women who are pregnant, women with complications in delivery, it includes children and anybody who needs blood to be given to them at any of our public health institutions. We have this year invested slightly under $7 million in order to make this happen and we are glad that at the beginning of this year we started with the reduction to 50 percent of the original cost.
NBSZ says the subsidy is not applicable to patients on medical aid or private patients in Government institutions.