National Blood Transfusion Service, North-West Zone decries lack of support

…We’re unable to meet urgent demands by hospitals in the zone

By Achadu Gabriel

Zonal Coordinator National Blood Transfusion Service, North-West Zone, Kaduna Prof. Aminu Surajo Mohammed on Monday said the centre is not meeting up with hospitals’ needs for blood.

“Honestly it has been difficult to meet up with the demands of hospitals.We need people to be massively enlighten about Blood. People should understand that they are giving one out of 10 pants to save someone’s life and it is not enough to make you sick”, he said.
Prof. Mohammed who made the disclosure in an interview during the celebration of world blood day in Kaduna also enumerated advantages of someone who endulge in regular blood donation.

According to him, a regarded blood donor’s are regarded as free from Transfusion Transmissible Diseases (TTDs) and all the deadly diseases transmitted by the blood like HIV, Hapititis among others.

He also said that the mandate and responsibility of the centre is to collect enough bloods from voluntary and unremunerated bloods donors, screened, processed and distribute it, based on hospital linkage programmes or individuals in need, as well as oversees the overall smooth running of the centre and other centers within the zone.

“A regular donors who knows his health status try as much as possible to remain healthy to safe others by not getting infected and not having a dent on the medial services.
“So there are many advantages to when somebody knows his status after given blood. If he’s healthy ie free of TTDs fine amd if not is refered to a place for treatment.
“Everybody knows Blood is life. We don’t keep blood more than 45days based on the available scientific resources we have.

“Until we go out to get blood we don’t meet up with demand for blood. We’ve been trying to have massive mobilization of donors. Some people have made it a point of coming in to donate. That is walking in donors.
“Honestly it has been difficult to meet up with the demands of hospitals and population. We need people to be massively enlighten about Blood. People should understand that they are giving one out of 10 pant to give someone love and not enough to make u sick
Othe advantages of blood donors highlighted include free access to healths check, adding that research, have shown that regular donors have 80 and 30 percents chanced of not having Strokes and heart attacks.

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