The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Alh. Abdulaziz Abdullahi Mashi has called on Nigerians to voluntarily donate blood regularly to save lives.
The Permanent Secretary made this call, while briefing the press as part of the activities to commemorate the 2019 World Blood Donor Day, in Abuja. Mashi said, “Access to safe blood and blood products is key component of effective health system and a significant building block for successful achievement of health-related Sustainable Development Goals.
He said “with a population of over 180 million, Nigeria’s estimated blood need is about two million units per annum. Unfortunately, much less is currently donated, leading to avoidable death, morbidities or ill health particularly amongst our womenfolk, new-born, children, victims of road crash and insurgencies.”
He noted that as long as demand of blood was outstripping the supply, touting and racketeering of blood products would continue to thrive. However, he added that if only one Percent of the Nigerian adult population would commit themselves to voluntarily donate blood, the situation would be address.