As Nigeria celebrates this year’s World Blood Donor Day, WBDD, Country Director for Safe Blood for Africa Foundation, SBFAF, Dr. Idris Saliu, said according to the World Health Organisation, WHO, Nigeria needs an estimated 1.7 million units of blood yearly.
Saliu, who said this on Tuesday in Abuja during a goodwill message, noted that with the burden of sickle cell anaemia which affects about two percent of citizens, the country needs millions of blood donation.
‘’The mission of SBFAF is to assist the country reach this huge blood need in a quality assured manner and best practices,’’ adding that this can be only be achieved when there is a legislative framework in place.
He thanked members of Club 25 in all the National Blood Transfusion, NBTS, centres for donating blood and encouraged them to continue to donate blood regularly including young people who have never donated to also become voluntary donors.
In the same vein, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said ‘‘our statistics showed that 10 percent of our current national blood supply is from this source, while 60 percent comes from commercial blood donors and 30 percent from family replacement donors as practised in hospital settings, this needs to be reserved to move us towards attaining 100 percent voluntary non-remunerated blood donation by the year 2020.’’

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