In a bid to support the national blood bank , volunteering employees of Zantel in Zanzibar have held a blood donation exercise which is also a continuation of their ‘Shea Upendo na Uwapendao’ campaign that began in Dar es Salaam last week.

The exercise, which forms part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), is aimed at spreading love through blood donation, supporting the national blood bank as well as to saving lives of fellow Tanzanians.

Held at Zantel’s head office in Zanzibar, the exercise witnessed a huge turnout with Zantel employees and a few members of the general public participating.

Speaking during the event, head of Zantel in Zanzibar Mr. Mohamed Musa Baucha expressed appreciation to all participants and called on other companies as well as the general public to avail themselves for such exercises whenever they are approached to do so. 

“We are very happy that our call to help save lives was met with so much enthusiasm today with almost all of the Zantel employees in Zanzibar. I urge all of you to continue with this heart whenever you are called upon to participate in these kind of exercises,” he said.

On his part, a representative from the National Blood Transfusion Service Mr. John Ntimanya explained that the blood donation exercise was successful and that he was happy with the commitment displayed by the Zantel staff. He, however, noted that the demand of blood is still high in the country compared to the units collected.

“The National Blood Transfusion Service needs to collect 450,000 units every year to meet the 

annual demand, but it has been collecting only 40 per cent of the requirement,” Ntimanya said.

He further noted that blood donation is an ongoing exercise for voluntary donors but NTBS has been approaching companies and the general public to raise public awareness on the importance of donating blood for saving lives. "Only a few people have been donating blood voluntarily and so this is a wakeup call to others to participate”, he said.

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