By Ahmed Ajikobi
In commemoration of the World Blood Donor Day, the Chief Medical Doctor of Ilorin General hospital Dr. Ahmed Abdulqadir has said accessibility to blood in health institutions will save more lives and make treatment easier in hospitals.
He stated this on Tuesday during the flag off of this year’s World Blood Donor Day organized by the hospital in collaboration with Nigeria Red Cross.
While advising Nigerians to form habit of donating blood to save lives, he said it is a charitable act and service to humanity.
Abdulqadir, who spoke through the hospital’s Chief Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. Olaofin Wemimo explained the significance of the day.
He called for more advocacy in Nigeria, saying most people do not understand the need for blood donation.
“There is an urgent need to orientate Nigerians on the importance of blood donation, especially as voluntary givers, as it saves more lives if blood can easily be accessed by the health institution and patients when needed,
“Voluntary donors are people that donate without incentives.
“World Blood Donor Day is usually celebrated on June 14 every year to sensitise people on the importance of having safe blood and blood products in the blood bank to assist health institutions save lives and also to appreciate blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.”
He added that blood is an important resource to hospital management, both for planned treatment and urgent interventions.
Abdulqadir therefore urge people to join hand in saving lives of victims that are in dire need of blood transfusion in the hospital.
Earlier in his remarks the Secretary Nigeria Red Cross, Kwara State chapter, Dr Ayodeji Omoomo explained that the World Health Organization ( WHO) initiated the celebration of World Blood Day to celebrate blood donors in the society.
He said the celebration is to also encourage people to always participate in the service to humanity by donating blood to save lives
Also, in her remarks, the President of Medical Women Associations of Nigeria, Dr Mosunmola Folorunsho said it’s important to voluntarily donate blood to assist those in need of it.
Earlier, the head of Pathology Department, General Hospital Ilorin, Dr. Akinwumi Olabisi explained that blood can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures.
It is also vital for treating the wounded during emergencies of all kinds (natural disasters, accidents, armed conflicts, etc.) and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and perinatal care”, she stated.
According to her, having a blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity is a key components of an effective health system.