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    NBSZ Masvingo holds peer promotors’ workshop

    2019 Peer Promotors and their Contact Teachers pose for group photo on Saturday last week.


    MASVINGO-The National Blood Service Zimbabwe Masvingo branch gathered together 80 students and 40 contact teachers from 40 schools for the annual peer promotors’ training and induction workshop to encourage pupils to start giving blood while at school.
    The workshop which was held last week on Saturday at the regional office and schools like Hippo Valley from Chiredzi, Christian College and Kyle College from Masvingo, Tenderere and Chengwena from Chirumanzi just to mention a few seconded a female and a male student for the training which lasted for more than 5 hours.
        “The peer promotors’ education was launched together with the Pledge 25 in 1994 and since then it has become an annual event.
    “The presence of the NBSZ can only be felt if we have these students as our brand ambassadors. Recruitment of new donors from schools is easier if it is done by their peers hence this training,” said Michael Chakoma the planning and recruitment officer.
    Chakoma added that the peer promoters are taught how the blood is processed, cleaned, the lab process and storage until it is dispatched to hospitals.
    They also write mock examinations to gauge the level of understanding from the peer promoters and their contact teachers so that they can be effective when they go back to their various schools.
    “In the information and planning department the students are taught life skills, how to live low risk lives in order to maintain free smart usable blood especially now that blood is available for free in Government and Mission hospitals, the demand has gone up,” said Chakoma.
    Expert Nhondova a History teacher at Mufakose High in Triangle who accompanied Gracious Mutizwa U6 and Daniel Donga L6 praised NBSZ for the workshop as it helps to increase blood donors and good behaviour among the youths as they would want to continue giving the precious liquid.
    Nencister Livombo business studies teacher at Terry Goss High in Triangle as well who was attending the training for the third time said the programme has helped a lot and it is the reason why they broke the record in 2018 with over 300 donors from the school.
    Livombo accompanied Enias Chikuvire and Elina Chudu both doing U6.
    “Knowing different types of blood groups and encouraging others to give blood and giving blood is an honour in life,” said form 4 student Eliana Rutendo Musakanda with two donations from Mutendi High School in Masvingo Rural.
    “We learnt that we should give blood out of passion and not to expect anything in return and to abstain from drug and substance abuse to keep with our motto of “Smart Inotangira Muropa”. We also learnt that as a blood donor your immediate family can get it for free in cases of emergency,” said Chirichoga High in Nemamwa head boy, Brian Mupasiri.
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    1. It's true Smart inotangira muropa, a fact a lot of individuals have to learn.sadly we only
      realise this fact

      sometimes when it's too late. The moment our blood is contaminated with infection it's hard to rid of the infection, if it's a various , we are reminded every day as we take the pill that our blood isn't smart anymore, let's take hid and take care,donate safe blood!!


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