Fiona Ruzha, H-Metro Reporter
NATIONAL Blood Services Zimbabwe will soon introduce solar energy at their blood collection and storage centres to curb power shortage.
NBSZ board chairperson Advocate Rodgers Matsikidze said they have the capacity to store blood but however bemoaned electricity challenges.
“We are working on having solar energy at all or centres including Mutare and Masvingo and funding models that allows us to do so.
“Our facilities have the capacity to store blood but we want to run away from incidents when blood gets rejected because blood will not have been used during a particular period.
“So we have reduced some collection in some points so that we are able to collect what is adequate,” he said.
Advocate Matsikidze said for the meantime they hope to be placed on their neighbour Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals’ electricity grid while they work on their solar project.
“We have not been on the main grid with Parirenyatwa Hospital and we appealed to the Minister of Energy and Power Development Fortune Chasi so that we don’t lose blood due to failure to process because of electricity.
“At the moment we have got big generators supporting us but it’s very expensive,” he said.
The country has been long plagued by crippling power cuts however the latest data shows that water flows along Zambezi River towards Kariba Dam, has picked up considerably.