Need to promote voluntary blood donation

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editorial
voluntary blood donation

Monday, June 14, 2021 was this year’s edition of the World Blood Donor Day, WBDD. But in Nigeria, an event of such significance was hardly marked, especially in official quarters, perhaps because of the more existential threats facing the people such as security, worsening poverty and food inflation arising from the disruption of farming by armed herdsmen.

To underscore the fact that the matter of blood donation is equally of existential importance, the West African Regional Director of the World Health Organisation, WHO, Matshidiso Moeti, said that seven million people in Africa need blood transfusion to survive every year. 

Nigeria needs 1.8 million pints of blood to take care of those in need, but unfortunately, our country is only able to harness 500,000 litres of blood annually, which is just 26.7 per cent of need. In Nigeria, most blood donors donate for the use of their loved ones. Many of the “donors” are actually sellers. They are people who desperately…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper