The Kaduna State Branch of the Nigerian Medical Association has mobilised 40 pints of blood for the Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, Kaduna, to mark the 2021 World Blood Donor Day.
Dr Shuaibu Joka, the Director of Sports, said at the event on Tuesday in Kaduna that the mobilisation became necessary to increase awareness on improving blood transfusion services in the state.
“There’s low level of voluntary blood donation and we want to create more awareness for residents to see the importance of donating blood to save lives.
“We are happy we are able to mobilise 40 pints and hope to do more, as we see residents responding by coming out to donate.”
He said: “the 2021 theme of the programme tagged: ‘Celebrating the Gift of Blood’ is important, as it will attract more donors if increased awareness is made.”
Joka said the efforts were in collaboration with the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN) and the Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, Kaduna.
“Blood transfusion plays a critical role in the provision of qualitative healthcare to the people.
“It remains a scarce and critical resource needed by patients with acute and chronic ailments,” Joka said.
He called on media outlets for more awareness programmes and advocacy for positive mindset and behavioural change, by the eligible population toward sustained voluntary blood donation.
The association also called for the speedy passage of the National Blood Service Commission Bill by the National Assembly, and increased funding of blood transfusion service in the country.
Joka called on residents to donate blood in order to save lives.
“Join the health movement, be a health hero and patriot by donating voluntarily and regularly.
“Add your voice to the call for improved funding and regulation of blood transfusion,” he said.