By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
As Nigeria joins the rest of the World to mark the World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) today, a call has gone to all and sundry to voluntarily donate blood in order to save lives.
A medical expert, Dr Mathew Alonge made the call in an interview with THE HOPE in Akure.
According to him, people especially the youths should not wait until disaster strikes before donating blood. Alonge noted that youths are the targets, because they are healthier and stronger than adults .
The physician informed that WBDD celebration is to sensitise people on the role they can play in helping others in emergency situation through voluntary blood donation.
He stressed that it is also to guide people on how blood is being taken and how it can be preserved.
He suggested that Nigeria needs to have a policy that will encourage people to donate blood.
He posited that a blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity is a key component of an effective health system.
“Ensuring safe and sufficient blood supplies requires the development of a nationally coordinated blood transfusion service based on voluntary blood donation”, he emphasised.
To him, the slogan for this year’s celebration which is “What can you do? Give blood. Give now. Give often”. is apt and timely as it underlines the role every single person can play in helping others in need of blood by giving the valuable gift called blood.
He harped on the need to give blood regularly, so that the blood stock is sufficient before an emergency arises. Alonge encouraged people to strengthen the emergency preparedness of health services in their communities by taking blood donation as a priority.
He stressed the need of sensitising and encouraging people to participate in National Blood Transfusion Service.
The physician disclosed that a certificate will be issued to anybody who donated blood either one pint or two because the person has saved a soul.