By: Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Nigerians have been enjoined to embrace the culture of voluntary non remunerated blood donation on a regular basis so as to save lives of others.
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made this call during a sensitization programme to commemorate 2017 World Blood Donor Day tagged, ‘’In Case of Emergency, Give Blood, Give now, Give often’’, held at Oba Odeleye’s Park, Sokori, Abeokuta.
The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Ekundayo Ayinde, said it was time Nigerians got more involved in regular blood donation to help others during emergencies,
‘’The world blood donor day is to help raise awareness on the need to safe blood and blood product, as well as appreciate all those who voluntarily gave their blood to save the lives of others’’ Minster said.
Oyewole explained that adequate supplies of safe blood from blood units during emergencies has reduced death rates arising from severe loss of blood during obstetric emergencies, victims of trauma, especially road accidents, causalities of bomb blasts and collapsed buildings among others.
The Minister emphasised on the importance of being a donor and doing it regularly so as to maintain adequate supplies of blood.
He said the entire community should be committed to a well organised blood service donation based on voluntary/non-remunerated blood donation, saying blood donation had saved patients who suffered from life-threatening conditions to live longer and supports complex medical surgical procedure.
In his remarks, the State Co-ordinator, National Blood Transfusion Service, Abeokuta, Dr. Babatunde Adeniji, urged voluntary donors to strengthen the emergency preparedness of health services in their communities by donating blood on regular basis, saying this should not be based on financial gain but rather on humanitarian ground.
One of the donors, Mr. Isaac Kaka said he had donated his blood 28 times in his lifetime and was still healthy, advising people to shun the falsehood that blood donation posed health challenges.