As if Zimbabweans do not have enough to worry about, the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has added more woes to their woes by hiking the price of blood sky high.
The new prices of blood which were recently announced mean that blood is now beyond the reach of the vast majority of the population, at a time when impoverished Zimbabweans are complaining about failing to make ends meet due to the rising prices and erosion of salaries.
The new blood prices also mean that the vast majority of the civil service, including doctors, cannot afford to buy a single unit of blood with their full monthly salaries.
A single unit of blood is now going for a massive ZWL$ 10, 150. This translates to a price of approximately US$125 (ZAR 2 125) per unit of blood on the streets. However, the minimum salary for most people employed by the government currently stands at ZWL$2 450.
This translates to approximately US$30 (ZAR510) per month. This means that a government worker will need to go for at least 4 months without spending any of their salaries in order to afford a single unit of blood.
Farmworkers, on the other hand, are even worse off despite getting a 118 per cent salary increase only last month. With the increase, the lowest-paid farmworker now earns ZWL$1,200 per month while the highest-paid farmworker earns a minimum of $2,400 per month.
To put these figures into perspective, ZWL$ 1 200 translates to US$15 (R250) per month on the streets while ZWL$2 400 to translates to just US$30 (R500) per month.
However, the situation is even bleaker for the majority of the population which is not formally employed and who constitute the informal sector.
Below are the prices for blood in Zimbabwe effective from 1 December 2019 at West End Hospital.