With hospitals running out of oxygen and other essentials, UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema is appealing for people to donate blood to save lives.
Hichiema is appealing to Zambians to get to the Blood Transfusion Center near them to donate blood.
Hichilema is worried that the Blood Bank is approaching a critical point where soon it might start experiencing shortages of fresh blood used when carrying our surgical operations as well as stabilisation of anaemic patients.
He explains: ‘If you recall in the 80’s and 90’s the Zambia Blood Transfusion Services (ZBTS) used to go from school to school on designated days to collect blood from willing donors. That programme was suspended due to among other things the HIV and AIDS epidemic. This means that the ZBTS is no longer collecting as much blood as possible against a growing population, in the meantime the ZBTS has been investing in high tech screening equipment.’
The opposition leader has been sending message so that people could then volunteer if they feel like volunteering to be blood donors.