• Wednesday, July 17, 2024
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FTHL enlightens Nigerians on the profound impact of blood donation

Nigerians have been enlightened on the profound impact of blood donation on both patients and donors.

The enlightenment was carried out during the 20th anniversary of “World Blood Donor Day (WBDD)” 2024, by the House Officers Forum in collaboration with the Department of Haematology Federal Teaching Hospital, Lokoja to commemorate the WBDD 2024 tagged “20 years of Celebrating Giving Thank You Blood Donors”.

Ugochukwu Anyanwu, the Head of the Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, FTHL disclosed that the 2024 WBDD highlighted the profound impact of blood donation on both patients and donors, noting that the maiden WBDD was celebrated on June 14, 2004, saying ” The 2024 celebration holds special significance as it marks its 20th anniversary.

“The 2024 WBDD offers us the opportunity to thank blood donors across the world for their life-saving donations over the years and honour the profound impact on both patients and donors.

“It is also a timely moment to address continued challenges, and accelerate progress towards a future where safe blood transfusion is universally accessible, he said.

Anyanwu equally pointed out the need to raise awareness for people to voluntarily donate blood without being paid, but filled happy to save lives as well as other inherent benefits of blood donation to donors, stressing that the continuous need for regular, unpaid blood donation to achieve universal access to safe blood transfusion.

He said “Although it’s well known that donating blood benefits the recipient, most people don’t know that it also benefits the donor.

“Regular blood donation reduces the risk of heart attack, balances iron levels, reveals potential health issues as well as lowering the risk of cancer”.

He implored the general public to promote a culture of regular blood donation and increase the diversity and sustainability of the blood donor pool.

Anyanwu expressed gratitude to the management of FTHL led by Olatunde Alabi, for supporting the awareness campaign and promoting blood donation to save lives.

In her lecture, titled, “Demystifying Blood Donation”, Elizabeth Ogu, a Medical officer in the Haemotological Department of FTHL, said voluntary blood donation remained a noble act with self-gratification that keeps a community alive.

Ogu explained that donating blood at least once a year could help improve blood flow, increase active stem cells, and reduce arterial blockages and the risk of having haematological malignant.

She explained that persons from age 17 to 65 years could donate blood, adding that an adult male should have four to five litres of blood in his body, while a female should have three to four litres, noting that an individual could donate blood on average of three times a year, as she said that blood donation was not a harmful procedure.

On their part, Kenneth Nwafor, House Officer’s Rep.; Andy Chizaram Onubogu, Asst. House Officer Rep., FTHL, who both donated blood, emphasised that increased voluntary blood donation would reduce mortality and morbidity rates caused by blood shortage.

The highlight of the occasion was the voluntary blood donations by members of the management and staff of the hospital as well as other residents of Kogi.

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