World blood day: Minister tasks Nigerians on voluntary donation
As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark World Blood Donor Day, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has urged Nigerians to sacrifice their blood by donating it to those in need.
According to the minister, the occasion to mark world blood donor day focuses on recognizing blood donors, and highlight the dimension of sharing and connection between blood donors and patients.
Speaking further on this development, the minister said that blood transfusion plays an essential role in the provision of emergency healthcare particularly women who are victim of post-partum hemorrhage and children suffering from severe sickle cell anemia.
The minister also said that every time blood is donated, a life is saved. In his words “as far as we know, blood is not yet manufactured but it is in frequent demand” noting that effort should be intensified by the National Blood Transfusion Services, NBTS, in line with its mandate to provide adequate supplies of safe blood, and to sensitize people on the need to donate blood to save the life of victims.”
Osagie further said that, about 108 million units of donated blood are collected globally every year, nearly 50 percent are collected in high income countries which are less than 20 percent of the world population .
He, however, said that to ensure universal access to safe blood transfusion, it requires innovative strategies to ensure safe and sufficient blood supply.