By; SANI ALIYU ,Zaria
The acting Head of Department, Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Dr. Ismaila Ibrahim has stressed the need for conducive blood donation centres at strategic locations to provide access for unpaid voluntary donors
He stated this in an interview with newsmen in Zaria on the importance of blood donation by the citizens.
Dr. Ibrahim said for Nigeria to be self-sufficient in blood donation, the country requires about one to two percent of the population to be committed to regular voluntary blood donation.
According to him, the number of donations through NBTS was very minimal and more needs to be donated.
Dr. Ibrahim therefore, advocated the participation and more support from non governmental organizations and other key stakeholders for the NBTS to establish satellite blood donation centers in Nigeria.
Also a Consultant Hematologist, Department of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Zaria, Dr. Waziri Aliyu Dahiru urged government to strengthen the activities of National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) to enhance voluntary unpaid blood donation drive at states and local government levels.
Dahiru made the call during the 2021 World Blood Donor Day organized by Kaduna State Chapter Association of Resident Doctors and Department of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, ABUTH, Zaria in partnership with Association of Residents Doctors, Kaduna State chapter in Zaria.
He noted that NBTS was the body regulating blood donation in the country; stressing that the key thing is that the government should empower NBTS .
He added that once they are empowered, regulations and work plans are already available to enable NBTS to effectively boost voluntary blood donation at states, local government as well as primary healthcare levels.