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FG engages youths on voluntary donation to improve blood services



FG engages youths on voluntary donation to improve blood services

By Justina Auta

The federal government on Saturday engaged young people in voluntary blood donation to improve blood services as an effective way to strengthen the country’s health system.

The Acting Director General of the National Blood Service Commission (NBTS), Dr Joseph Amedu, during a retreat from Club 25 Nigeria and the establishment of After 25 in Abuja, said blood donation would save blood. lives and promote healthy lifestyles.

“The recruitment and retention of young donors not only improves the long-term safety and sufficiency of a country’s blood supply.

“It will also reduce the prevalence of transfusion-transmitted infections (TTIs) by promoting safe and healthy lifestyles among young people,” he said.

According to him, the commission has formed advocacy and school donor clubs, blood donor ambassadors, established blood collection centers, community and media engagement.

He said the 25 Nigeria Club is made up of donors who have pledged to donate voluntarily at least 25 times before their 25th birthday.

“There is a big gap between the supply and demand for blood in Nigeria. We expect people to come voluntarily to donate blood, but most donations come from commercial donations.

“The commission has put in place strategies to ensure the safety of blood and blood products in Nigeria, especially for accident cases, cancer patients, children, maternal health, transfusions

“This retreat by the commission to assemble its infantry in charge of convincing Nigerians of the need to voluntarily donate blood to save lives.

“This retreat aims to bring together people who have already participated in blood donation to raise awareness, defend and enlighten Nigerians on the need to give blood voluntarily.

“We encourage young people to join this group and we go even further to ensure that a school programs to teach them about voluntary blood donation,” he said.

Abdullahi Idris, National President and Pioneer Club 25 Nigeria member stressed the need for regular blood donation to reduce death rates resulting from insufficient blood supply due to illness and accidents.

“My overall motivation is to save lives and I advise eligible Nigerians to join saving lives as this is my 56th blood donation,” he said.

Likewise, Mrs. Munirat Munir, 21 times a blood donor, encouraged young people to engage in regular and free blood donations without expecting any remuneration.

She said: “Regular blood donation saves lives and encourages her to adopt a healthy lifestyle.”

Source: NAN

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